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Dyslexia Therapy

St. Cyprian’s Episcopal School leads the way in Dyslexia Therapy.  Our trained and certified dyslexia therapy team incorporates individualized instruction in an Alphabetic Phonics based program 5 days/week, 45 minutes-1 hour/day. Our program is a highly structured, multi-sensory system of teaching the functions of writing, spelling, reading comprehension, and oral and written expression with central emphasis on the alphabet and phonics.

What is dyslexia?
 

Dyslexia is not a disease!  The word dyslexia comes from the Greek language and it means “poor language”.  Students with dyslexia have trouble with reading, writing, and spelling even though they have an average to above average intelligence. Students with dyslexia can learn; they just learn in a different way.  Often these bright students who have talented and productive minds, are said to have a language learning difference.

What are the characteristics of dyslexia?

  • problems in learning the names of the letters of the alphabet
  • difficulty in learning to write the alphabet correctly in sequence
  • difficulty in learning and remembering the printed word
  • reversals of orientation of letters or the sequence of letters
  • difficulty in learning to read
  • difficulty in reading comprehension
  • cramped or illegible handwriting
  • repeated spelling errors
  • degree of involvement may be mild, moderate or severe

Characteristics that may be associated with Dyslexia

  • delay in spoken language
  • difficulty in finding the “right” word when speaking
  • delay in establishing preferred hand for writing
  • delay in learning right and left and other directionality components such as up-down, front-behind, over-under, east-west, and others
  • problems in learning the concept of time and temporal sequencing, i.e., yesterday-tomorrow, days of the week and months of the year
  • family history of similar problems

How long does the program last?
 

Students with average to above average intelligence that have been diagnosed with dyslexia usually complete the program within two to five years depending on the severity of their dyslexia.

How does our program monitor the progress of our students with dyslexia?


Mastery checks are administered strategically and periodically throughout the program and are designed to aid the therapist in planning individualized and prescriptive lesson plans. Each student in our program has an individualized accommodation plan that is closely monitored and followed by therapists and teachers.  Parent conferences are held twice a year to discuss student’s progress and accommodation plans/ IEP’s to make any necessary adjustments. Progress reports are also written each six weeks by each student’s therapist to inform parents of the student’s progress.
 

Are students “cured” of dyslexia after they complete the program?
 

Those with dyslexia are never “cured”; however after completing the program most students are able to perform successfully in the regular classroom.  Many St. Cyprian’s students have completed college and have become extremely successful in their chosen professions.

St. Cyprian’s Dyslexia Therapy Program is an alphabetic phonics based program using Basic Language Skills lessons that are designed to provide students with individualized, one-on-one therapy daily for 45 minutes with a Dyslexia Specialist or a Dyslexia Specialist in training. This multisensory language program contains direct instruction that is systematic and cumulative while integrating the teaching of reading, spelling, and handwriting.  The content of instruction includes phonological awareness, alphabet (sound-symbol) knowledge, oral language development, comprehension strategies, scientific spelling, decoding, fluency, and writing strategies.

Does St. Cyprian’s offer testing for dyslexia?


St. Cyprian’s School does provide testing for an additional fee.  Certified Academic Language Therapist, Susie Shands offers testing on campus. For more information contact Diana Roche, Lead Therapist at (936) 632-1720.
 
If a current student is showing signs of dyslexia, parents or teachers may request a preliminary screening which is administered by the Lead Therapist.  The Lead Therapist will then determine if further testing should be recommended.


For more information about our program:

 
Diana Roche, Lead Therapist at (936) 632-1720 or email roch-d@saintcyprians.org

 

For more information, log on to the following websites:

 

Texas Education Agency The Dyslexia Handbook, 2007
http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index4.aspx?id=4434

The International Dyslexia Association
http://www.interdys.org

Neuhaus Education Center  
http://www.neuhaus.org

Texas Scottish Rite Hospital
http://www.tsrhc.org/p_child_development.cfm

 

Father John F. Caskey Dyslexia Center

Father Caskey had plans to become a physician.  But as an undergraduate student at Baylor University, he began ministering to students, encouraging them to volunteer and become followers of Christ. By 1951, he had abandoned his plans to be a physician, and moved to Philadelphia to get his Theological degree. He was ordained to priesthood when he was 25 years old. In 1955 he became the third rector of St. Cyprian’s Parish in Lufkin. He went to the Scottish Rite Hospital in Dallas to learn how to teach children with a little known disability called Dyslexia. St. Cyprian’s unveiled the Father John F. Caskey Dyslexia Center on September 27, 2013

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