Dyslexia Course Descriptions

 5103 Survey of Dyslexia and Related Learning Disabilities

A study of the characteristic symptoms of dyslexia, implications of the disorder, diagnosis, and multisensory and discovery language remediation techniques using the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) Take Flight: A Comprehensive Intervention for Students with Dyslexia intervention program.

 

5113 Promoting Early Language Development of the Dyslexic Student/Practicum Experience

An introduction to teaching beginning reading, spelling, and handwriting focused on the TSRHC Take Flight approach to teaching basic language skills. Teachers plan, present and evaluate instructional sequences for students with dyslexia. Consists of lecture followed by supervised practicum in which teachers provide multisensory, explicit, and direct instruction to at least two groups of students with dyslexia. It also includes group seminars and individual conferences between teacher and practicum supervisor.

 

5123 Reading Fluency Instruction and Assessment for the Dyslexic Student/ Practicum Experience

Continuation of training in the TSRHC Take Flight based techniques taught in EDUC 5113. Includes a systematic exploration of the articulation of phonemes, fluency testing procedures and data collection to evaluate student growth and effectiveness of instructional approach. Consists of lecture, continued supervised practicum, group seminars, and individual conferences.

 

5133 Morphological and Syntactical Awareness for the Dyslexic Student/Practicum Experience

Focuses on provision of comprehensive instruction, including decoding, encoding, written expression, reading comprehension, fluency and study skills using multisensory strategies. Expanded use of etymology in teaching word analysis strategies. Consists of comprehension and vocabulary building strategies for both narrative and expository text in the context of oral reading exercises.

 

5143 Cognitive and Linguistic Structure of Written Language for the Dyslexic Student/Practicum Experience

Focuses on skills for teaching upper level language skills involving reading, spelling, and handwriting, using the TSRHC Take Flight based approach. Vocabulary is expanded and enriched by developing morphological knowledge, word relationships, figurative language, syntax and semantics by direct instruction and in the context of reading. Consists of lecture followed by supervised practicum in which teachers provide direct, explicit and multisensory instruction to at least three groups of students with dyslexia. It also includes group seminars and individual conferences.

 

5163 Evaluation and Management Services for the Student with Dyslexia/Practicum Experience

Continuation of training in the TSRHC Take Flight based techniques taught in EDUC 5143. Focuses on an overview of the key components of education law; IDEA, section 504, NCLB and Texas Dyslexia Law. Supervised practicum, group seminars and individual conferences is continued. Emphasis is made on providing students with a basic framework within which they can make decisions about adapting instructional sequences to the specific needs of individual students.