GISD Dyslexia Informer

December, 2018

Winter Break! Time for Family, Friends and Fun!

Winter Break is almost here and there is much to celebrate. GISD Dyslexia has been busy and would like to invite you to some of our community events. If you haven’t been to a simulation yet, check the calendar to find an upcoming session . Join our parent resource group and come join us for our New Year Event. Whether you are a parent, caregiver, teacher, etc., there are plenty of ways to get involved and to learn more about dyslexia.

Quote of the Month

“We believe that ‘dyslexia’ is a beautiful word. True, it describes a category of learning disorders. But it also describes a community, a body of knowledge, a category of law, a more positive sense of self, and a belief about the progress we can achieve together.”

- Hal Malchow, President Elect IDA, 2014

Stress and Anxiety: What is the Difference?

Ever heard of fight or flight? Some students with dyslexia also have stress and anxiety. So what is the difference? Stress is typically a reaction to " what is" while anxiety reflects "what might be". Stress is a result of external pressures, while anxiety may be a reaction to stress. If a student is given a large homework assignment, or several assignments in one day, it creates "stress". A student who is experiencing needless worry in non-threatening circumstances may be experiencing anxiety.

Stress and anxiety are very real, and create emotional and physical symptoms. A student with anxiety may experience:

  • apprehension
  • feeling of dread
  • irritability
  • shortness of breath
  • upset stomachs
  • excessive sweating
  • headaches
  • fatigue
  • insomnia

What can we do to help? We can provide students with positive educational experiences. Students who have had negative academic experiences have an increased risk of developing these co-occurring conditions. GISD recognizes that all students are individuals and want to ensure they are receiving the support they need. If you have any questions, feel free to email, or reach out to any member of the GISD Dyslexia team.

Dyslexia New Year Event

Monday, Jan. 14th 2019 at 5-8pm

4843 Naaman Forest Boulevard

Garland, TX

Dyslexia New Year Event- January 14, 2019, 6-8 p.m. (doors open at 5:00) at Naaman Forest High School

This community event is open to all parents and students who would like to hear about various aspects of dyslexia. Participants will choose from various breakout sessions that are of interest to them. Some of the topics discussed will include: Executive Function/Metacognitive Strategies. Dyslexia Instruction, Twice Exceptional, Social Emotional and Secondary Students and Technology.

College representatives will be available from SMU, UTA, UTD, DCCCD to help provide parents with information of how their child will be supported in the college setting. Microsoft, and Bookshare will also be present to demonstrate how to assist the dyslexic student with technology.

Sessions Start at 6:00

Doors open at 5:00

RSVPs are enabled for this event.