Libby Dill

Coleman Elementary School teacher and Dyslexia Specialist Libby Dill guides an exercise matching letters to sounds during a morning session with students. Dill will be among the district’s dyslexia staff welcoming parents and community to tonight’s Information Drive-Thru.

Cleburne ISD Dyslexia Services will conduct an Information Drive-Thru from 5-6:30 p.m. Thursday at C.C. Cooke Elementary School, 902 Phillips. 

Parents and community members will receive take-home information packets on dyslexia and related disorders and a variety of instructional services available to students. Dyslexia affects an individual’s ability to read, spell and write. 

Children identified as dyslexic are both smart and hardworking, but have trouble connecting the letters they see to the sounds the letters make. About five-tenths percent of individuals living in the U.S. have some symptoms of the disorder. About 500 CISD students receive instructional assistance through the dyslexia program.   

“The number of CISD students who receive services has steadily grown since I came on board in this position 16 years ago,” Dyslexia Coordinator Trina Cody said. “We have a dyslexia specialist at every campus, in addition to three licensed dyslexia therapists/Certified Academic Language Therapists within the district. The level of expertise that comes with the CART specialization is tremendous, and to have three on staff with that credential in a school district our size is very unique.

“I believe this gives us an elevated expertise that we can devote to students, because of that additional level of training. This year we also added a Bilingual Dyslexia Specialist, Belsie Piñero, to our team. That has been a longtime goal, due to the demographic makeup of our district, which includes three bilingual elementary campuses in addition to students at the secondary level.”

The drive-thru is the second dyslexia information activity conducted this year. In October, the annual parent meeting was conducted virtually. 

Cody said her staff is looking forward to the drive-thru and the opportunity to visit face-to-face with parents and interested community members.

“We copied our English as a Second Language program, which sponsored a very successful drive-thru for parents,” Cody said. “We are excited to get information into our parents’ hands and connect with them as they stop by Cooke on Thursday. 

“We’ll be giving away goody bags and our dyslexia specialists will be happy to answer questions from parents of students in our program, while helping parents who want more information on the screening process. We just want people to know more about dyslexia and the services we provide. 

“We have a handbook published in both English and Spanish on our webpage that we believe is also a great resource.”

The Dyslexia Services page can be accessed from the CISD website at c-isd.com/Page/1001.

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