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October 2018 Issue

Dyslexia Awareness Month

Have you ever wondered, what exactly is dyslexia?  It is not because of a problem with vision.  Dyslexics see things the same way as others.  There are many definitions, depending on your state or even country of residence.  It boils down to a disorder in reading, but the attached video link also answers questions of what happens in the brains of dyslexics and what kind of interventions are beneficial.

While every child is an individual and unique, many children with dyslexia share common characteristics or “signs”.  And no, letter reversals are not on the list!  Many people may have one or two of these characteristics, but dyslexics have several that persist over time (are not developmental and will not be ‘grown out of’), and interfere with school success.  The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) has excellent resources for parents, educators, and students.  The following are links to IDA and the Texas Education Agency’s Dyslexia Handbook (starting on page 9) lists of common characteristics.

International Dyslexia Fact sheet:

TEA Dyslexia Handbook: DHBwithtabs10214.pdf

Additional Information can also be found on the LPISD Website:

Did you know that 40% of self-made millionaires are dyslexic?!  People with dyslexia are not “dumb” or “lazy”.  Quite the opposite, many dyslexics are creative, out of the box thinkers with average to above average intelligence.  Although boys tend to be identified more than girls, just as many girls as boys are dyslexic.  Twenty percent (one in five people) of the population is estimated to be dyslexic.  That means out of a class of 20 kids, 4 are probably dyslexic.  Check out this list of famous dyslexics!

In school, the Physical Therapist will collaborate with the student's teacher(s) in order to promote the highest level of functional skills possible for the student to achieve his/her individual goals.  La Porte ISD implements a team approach to providing PT services to our students.  Decisions about a student's need for therapy services, along with service recommendations, are made by the ARD committee.  These decisions are based on formal and informal evaluations, teacher and therapist observations, and the Physical Therapists' recommendations. When receiving services in the school district, a prescription/referral from a physician is necessary in order for physical therapy to be provided and also for the school district to bill Medicaid if applicable.  Therapy services may be delivered in a variety of settings (motor lab, classroom, cafeteria, hallway, gymnasium, playground, etc.).

For more information, visit the LPISD Special Programs Dept. webpage: uREC_ID=214963&type=d&pREC_ID=876529

Down Syndrome Awareness Month

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month, a chance to spread awareness. During the month of October, we celebrate people with Down syndrome and make people aware of their abilities and accomplishments. 

We all know them for their bright smiles and happy hugs...

However, they are so much more! People with Down syndrome attend school, work, have meaningful relationships, vote, and contribute to society in many wonderful ways. Check out the following links to see how people with Down syndrome are participating in the workforce and making the most of their abilities:

Aiding Students Who Have Learning Difficulties or Who Need Special Education or Section 504 Services

For those students who are having difficulty in the regular classroom, all school districts and open enrollment charter schools must consider tutorial, compensatory, and other academic or behavior support services that are available to all students, including a process based on Response to Intervention (RtI). The implementation of RtI has the potential to have a positive impact on the ability of districts and charter schools to meet the needs of all struggling students.

If your child is experiencing learning difficulties, you may contact your child's teacher, the campus counselor, the campus administrators, or the Special Programs department to learn about the school’s overall general education referral or screening system for support services. This system links students to a variety of support options, including making a referral for a special education evaluation or for a Section 504 evaluation to determine if the student needs specific aids, accommodations, or services.  A parent may request an evaluation for special education or Section 504 services at any time. 

A special Thank You! to all the families who were able to join us for our Tomorrow Program on October 16, 2018.  We hope that you were able to again valuable information to aide in the support of your child with special needs.

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