Lovejoy I.S.D. dyslexia services are based on prescriptive Orton-Gillingham programs. These programs address the five essential components of reading with direct, intensive and explicit instruction using multi-sensory techniques in learning the code of sounds and letters. Multi-sensory learning offers children opportunities to learn through seeing, hearing, and touching. In addition, these programs utilize repetition to secure concepts of reading and spelling. Orton-Gillingham programs are scientifically research based.
Lovejoy I.S.D. students receive protection under Section 504* with an Accommodation Plan or IDEA** with an Individualized Educational Plan (IEP).
Decisions regarding these students will be made by either a Section 504 Committee or an ARD Committee, which include parents and knowledgeable school personnel.
*Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
**Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
Five Essential Components of Reading
- Phonemic Awareness - knowledge and manipulation of sounds in spoken words
- Phonics - relationship between written and spoken letters and sounds
- Reading fluency, including oral reading skills - ability to read with accuracy, and with appropriate rate, expression, and phrasing
- Vocabulary development - knowledge of words, their definitions, and context
- Reading comprehension strategies - understanding of meaning in text
On September 3rd, 2021, the State Board of Education (SBOE) gave final approval for updates to the Dyslexia Handbook. Some of the updates to the Dyslexia Handbook may require LEAs to make policy, procedure, and practice changes. The updated Dyslexia Handbook will go into effect on February 10th, 2022.
The handbook contains guidelines for school districts to follow as they identify and provide services for students with dyslexia. In addition, information regarding the state's dyslexia statutes and their relation to various federal laws is included.