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      Region 16 Spotlight Education: decoding dyslexia

      For the past 20-plus years, there hasn't been a lot of information out there about dyslexia and how to help those who suffer from it.

      But that's all changing. That's because the findings on dyslexia are expanding.

      The faculty and staff at Bushland ISD are stepping up to understand it, the symptoms and how to help their students overcome. Their efforts are being featured in this week's Region 16 Spotlight Education report.

      "We're really trying to raise awareness about dyslexia and improve our dyslexia programs overall in Bushland," said Travis Longaneacker, Bushland ISD Assistant Superintendent.

      Read More International Dyslexia Association Academic Language Therapy Association Recordings for the Blind and Dyslexic/Texas

      Starting this year, the assistant superintendent and a group of teachers gathered to read and discuss the book, "Overcoming Dyslexia". The purpose is to understand the disability better along with ways to help their students.

      "It's a multi-sensory teaching approach and what that entails is we use all the senses. We speak, we name, we see, we hear, we sky write," said Autumn Homer, Bushland ISD Dyslexia Coordinator.

      "We're really trying to disspell some of the myths about dyslexia that are out there. So we're doing more training with our teachers and just really working on identifying factors associated with dyslexia," said Longanecker.

      Two of those myths are that dyslexia symptoms are just reversing letters and that it's mostly boys who suffer. People with the school district say in the first few months, their efforts are already paying off.

      "They're excited, they for the first time they are feeling more confident and more successful," said Homer.

      There are common signs of dyslexia. Here's the information Bushland ISD supplied about those in kindergarten to 3rd grade.1. Failure to understand that words are made of parts or individual sounds.2. Difficulty learning the letter names and their corresponding sounds.3. Difficulty reading single words in isolation.4. Choppy and labored reading.5. Difficulty spelling phonetically.

      Here's the information Bushland ISD supplied about those 4th grade to high school.1. History of reading and spelling difficulties.2. Avoids reading aloud.3. Reads most materials slowly; oral reading is labored and not fluent.4. Avoids reading for pleasure.5. Difficulty with spelling.

      Bushland ISD has also supplied several links for parents and educators to check out. You can find a list of those below:

      International Dyslexia Association

      Academic Language Therapy Association

      Recordings for the Blind and Dyslexic/Texas
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