The curriculum used in the dyslexia program at Harts Bluff I.S.D. is Take Flight: A Comprehensive Intervention for Students with Dyslexia (Take Flight). Take Flight is a two-year curriculum written by the staff of the Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC). Take Flight contains the five components of effective reading instruction supported by the National Reading Panel and mandated by the No Child Left Behind Act:
1. Phonemic Awareness
2. Phonic Skills
5. Reading Comprehension
Dyslexia is a specific learning disorder that is neurological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.
(Adopted by the International Dyslexia Association Board of Directors, Nov. 12, 2002)