GISD is committed in providing students with dyslexia every opportunity to succeed. We recognize that every child is unique and the impact of dyslexia can vary from person to person. We provide students with the appropriate intervention and supports, as well as recognizing the individual need of the student to ensure they are afforded the educational opportunities they deserve.
In addition, we promote self-advocacy, provide scientifically proven, evidence based intervention and have a Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT) or therapist-in-training on every campus k-12. We strive to provide every opportunity that will prepare our students for future success.
The International Dyslexia Association defines dyslexia as a "specific learning disability that is neurobiological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge."
A Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT) has a professional credential with the expertise to provide services to students who have difficulty with written-language disorders, including dyslexia. In order for our teachers to become CALTs, they had to receive training for two years, complete 700 practicum hours and pass the the National Alliance Exam for Accreditation and Certification of Dyslexia Specialists.
See the tables below to find the dyslexia teacher/therapist for your campus.
|Garland HS||Sarah Thompson|
|Lakeview Centennial HS||Robin England|
|Naaman Forest HS||Sarah Thompson|
|North Garland HS||Sarah Thompson|
|Rowlett HS||Anne Ruff|
|Sachse HS||Anne Ruff|
|South Garland HS||Robin England|