Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children is dedicated to its educational outreach. The Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders serves as a host facility for seminars to assist educators in understanding dyslexia and identifying the disorder in public schools. The educational outreach opportunities at the center also educate attendees in the dyslexia interventions that have been developed at TSRHC.
Dyslexia A to Z
TSRHC regularly hosts the Dyslexia A to Z seminar, which is designed for educators who want to understand the disability better. Sessions include an in-depth education on the characteristics and definition of dyslexia, instructions on how to accommodate students with dyslexia, a review of Texas public school guidelines and intervention requirements, a demonstration of classroom and home strategies, and information covered in the TEA Dyslexia Handbook. A registration fee is required.
TSRHC offers seminars to Texas educators who are responsible for measuring student performance and administrating tests to identify dyslexia. The hospital’s seminars are based on Texas public school laws, procedures, and guidelines. Moreover, they help attendees learn how to gather and interpret data properly, develop student profiles, and monitor interventions.
Current seminars include: The Very Basics Identification, Beyond the Basics Identification and The Special Education Opportunity Identification.
The staff at the Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders at TSRHC created the Rite Flight program. The Rite Flight program addresses two key components identified by the National Reading Panel: Reading Rate (Fluency) and Reading Comprehension. The great thing about Rite Flight is that it can be used as a supplemental intervention for an entire classroom, small groups, or individuals.
Take Flight is a comprehensive two-year curriculum designed for children seven years of age and older who suffer from dyslexia. Students who complete the program have shown significant growth in reading skills, and they’ve been shown to maintain those benefits after one year. Take Flight Therapist training and Take Flight Retraining is available at TSRHC annually.
TSRHC regularly hosts informative seminars for parents of a child diagnosed with a learning disorder — all at no charge. This series is designed to empower parents and guardians with a wealth of knowledge they can use to advocate for their child. Available seminars for parents of children with learning disorders include How to Support My Child with a Learning Disorder and Dyslexia 4-1-1 for Parents.
In addition to the center’s vast array of workshops and seminars, the Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia offers consultation and training to area schools seeking to utilize the programs. Parents can obtain guidance through the center’s support groups and presentations, making this a valuable resource center for the community.
To learn more about the programs offered at TSRHC, contact the center at 800-421-1121 (ext. 7800) or 214-559-7800.