GISD Dyslexia Informer

October 2018

Happy Fall!

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month! We are trying to get the word out about Dyslexia. Have you seen us advertised on the large billboard outside Firewheel Town Center on Highway 78? Garland ISD’s Dyslexia Department has great things planned for this month, including a special screening of the movie “The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia” on October 18th with special guests Region 10 ESC and the Dallas Branch of the International Dyslexia Association. All campuses in GISD will celebrate Dyslexia Awareness from October 15-19. Information about famous Dyslexic authors, actors, and entrepreneurs will be shared. Additional community events can be found listed below.

Quote of the Month

“Students: inside each of [you] is greatness. NO matter how difficult it is for any of you to learn…that has NOTHING to do with how brilliant you all are.”

-Henry Winkler (Actor, Comedian, Director, Producer, and Author)

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Did You Know?

The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) defines Dyslexia as, “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.”

For more information, please visit IDA's website-

Community Event- Viewing of "The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia"

Thursday, Oct. 18th, 6pm

Gilbreath-Reed Career and Technical Center North President George Bush Highway, Garland, TX, USA

Come help us kick off Dyslexia Awareness month with a community viewing of The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia. The event begins at 6:00. Afterwards, we will discuss the movie, and what dyslexia is, and what it is not.

Experience Dyslexia Community Event

Thursday, Nov. 8th, 6pm

Naaman Forest High School, Naaman Forest Boulevard, Garland, TX, USA

Come and experience what it is like to have dyslexia. The event will start promptly at 6:00.

1st Parent Resource Group

Tuesday, Nov. 27th, 6-7pm

John W. Armstrong Elementary School, Ben Davis Road, Sachse, TX, USA

Come help start off our parent group with some great collaboration.

GISD Dyslexia Awareness Week in Honor of Dyslexia Awareness Month

Campuses will be recognizing dyslexia for Dyslexia Awareness Month. The week of October 15th campuses will learn more about dyslexia and share in the learning of what dyslexia is and is not, the prevalence of dyslexia and learn about those who have been successful who have been identified with dyslexia. Campus teachers, staff, and students will also learn about positive attributes and contributions that individuals with dyslexia have to offer.

Curriculum Spotlight

Are you unsure about how to help your child with the homework that their Dyslexia therapist provides? Here are some helpful hints:

  • Read to your child and use Learning Ally to have your child exposed to literature and begin to enjoy reading.
  • Practice Handwriting skills, approach strokes, proportion, baseline, and bridge strokes.
  • Practice handwriting and RAP (Repeated Accurate Practice) Reading rate can be calculated
  • Be sure to talk with your therapist/therapist in training and ask what you can do to help support your child.

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