What is Dist-Lexia?
Dist-Lexia is a cutting edge distance learning program that allows smaller/rural school districts to leverage limited resources to provide the best possible services to struggling students at a reasonable cost.
How does it work?
The Institute for Creative Learners provides 2-3 days of training to teacher’s aides designated by each participating school. Training will take place in Lubbock, Texas or in a location central to several participating schools/districts.
The Institute and the school will schedule a class for each participating group of students. Each group may not contain more than five students.
During the designated school period, the class will meet with the teacher’s aide(s) present.
Each student will be logged on to a separate computer with webcam.
The Dyslexia Therapist who is physically located at The Institute for Creative Learners will lead the class with the Teacher’s Aide assisting.
What reading intervention curriculum is utilized?
This program is based on the strategies developed by the Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital and Orton Gillingham multisensory instruction techniques for dyslexic students. Instruction will include approximately 10 minutes of independent computer exercises each class period.
How many days a week and for how long?
Each class will meet four days a week for sixty minutes each day.
What are the qualifications of the Dyslexia Therapist?
Each therapist is a certified teacher who is trained in the Scottish Rite Take Flight Program.
What does the school provide?
The school must provide webcam equipped computers and internet access for use by each student during instruction time. The school must commit to making attendance a priority and may not allow students to be removed from intervention for makeup work, as a punishment for poor behavior, or any other reason except as absolutely necessary.
Can the school “switch out” or add students in the middle of the year?
Except in very specific cases, no. This program is progressive in nature and builds upon previous lessons.
A student who is added in the middle of the program will not appropriately benefit from the program. However, to accommodate more students, additional classes can be added.
Does a child need a “diagnosis” of dyslexia to participate?
No, almost any struggling reader with a minimum average IQ can benefit from this program.