Nationally, 15-20% of the population have some indicators of a reading difficulty called dyslexia. Symptoms of dyslexia include slow or inaccurate reading, poor spelling, and poor writing. Colorado Springs School District 11 recognizes that dyslexia affects a similar ratio of our students which may impact their learning journey. The educators of District 11 are committed to meeting the needs of all students, including students with dyslexia.
This webpage is intended to empower the D11 community by increasing awareness and utilizing resources about dyslexia. This will allow the D11 community to work in partnership with each other to create a more cohesive educational program for students with dyslexia.
WHAT IS DYSLEXIA?
The formal definition of dyslexia by the International Dyslexia Association is:
“Dyslexia is 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.”
District 11 has been providing support for students who may have Dyslexia for several years through the use of high quality programs that provide direct instruction in foundational reading skills that are critical for students with a profile indicating dyslexia. Now, we are excited to introduce an expansion of Dyslexia therapy opportunities for identified students during regular and extended school days at specified D11 elementary sites at no cost to families (representing a value of $6500 or above as these services are often not covered by insurance).
If you feel your child fits the profile for Dyslexia and would benefit from Take Flight, a comprehensive Dyslexia intervention therapy, we would like to hear from you.
Please reach out to the District 11 Dyslexia Leadership Team by completing this form or calling 719-520-2023 and a team member will contact you!
For information regarding support services at select sites, please view our D11 Dyslexia Support Map.
- Colorado Department of Education Resources
- COKID Dyslexia Support for Colorado Parents
- International Dyslexia Association website - resources for professionals and families A digital resource for parents designed to provide a variety of resources
- IDA Dyslexia Handbook
- Rocky Mountain Branch: Local chapter of the Dyslexia Association - resources for professionals and families
- Understood is a non-profit dedicated to serving the millions of families of kids who learn and think differently. Find specific resources for Dyslexia
The Understood Team is made up of passionate writers and editors. Many of them have kids who learn and think differently.
- The Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity
- Dyslexia In the Classroom: What Every Teacher Needs to Know resource booklet:Strategies, accommodations and tips for teachers
- Twice-Exceptional (2e) resources
- Take Flight Comprehensive Programming