Not enough summer programs to supports students with Dyslexia, advocates say
On Monday, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) released a provision reiterating that local education agencies must follow guidelines when it comes to students who are diagnosed or are suspecting of having dyslexia and related disorders.
The moves comes after a U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Educations Programs released a 2011 report in which it found that TEA was not complying with some requirements as mandated by the Disabilities Education Act.
This is a move applauded by many teachers and advocates like Deborah Murphy, educational director of the Institute of International Studies.
She teaches a program specifically tailored for children who have Dyslexia.
“Instead of saying we are going to redo this, we are going to say let’s work on it in a different approach, let’s teach you differently,” Murphy says of her tutoring approach which is therapeutic in nature.
Murphy utilizes gadgets and toys to teach children with dyslexia.
Her program is one of the few in the Rio Grande Valley specific to teach students with the learning disorder during the summer months.
“Right now is very critical because we have parents that are either getting the diagnosis from getting their children tested or they are finding that their children need to be tested in the fall,” said advocate and mother of a dyslexic child, Alexa Rice. “And they are scrambling and looking for resources.”
CBS 4 reached out to Region One Education Center, an organization which assists school districts statewide, to inquire about services available to parents during the summer months.
A representative with the agency said that during the school year, districts provide supportive and educational services for children with dyslexia.
During the summer months, however, parents are encouraged to seek community-based programs and are encouraged to practice the strategies they learn from teachers.