The Nessy goal is to help transform how children with dyslexia are being educated and invite parents and teachers to join in the cause. Early identification of dyslexia is critical because 1 in 5 people have the learning disorder and the earlier intervention can begin the easier it is to remediate.
In fact, Hall and Moats have found that inexpensive screening identifies at-risk children in mid-kindergarten with 85% accuracy and if intervention is not provided before age 8 the probability of reading difficulties continuing into high school is 75%. That’s where Nessy comes in.
We’ve teamed up with Tiffany James and The Reading Center, Midland Texas to provide an affordable and accessible literacy program with proven results.
State Dyslexia Law
In Texas it is a requirement for a district’s board of trustees to provide dyslexia screenings, treatment and licensed therapists to those determined to have dyslexia or a related disorder.
The Department of Education have also produced a Dyslexia Handbook containing guidelines for school districts to follow as they identify and provide services for students with dyslexia.
What This Means
Every child in Texas should have the appropriate screening, intervention and help at hand in accordance to state law however recent studies have found that this is often capped at 5%.
How Do I Follow These Laws?
We don’t want any child to fall behind so Nessy aims to help implement screening and intervention at cost-effective rates so all schools can help their struggling students.
It’s important for parents/guardians to know that they have the right to request a referral for a dyslexia assessment at any time.
Screen online for dyslexia in just 20-minutes. The test provides a snapshot of learning abilities linked to dyslexia and because it’s games based, students have fun without realizing they are being assessed. Receive a detailed report outlining the likelihood of dyslexia, designed to be the perfect, affordable tool schools need.
Nessy’s Professional Development course aims to increase dyslexia awareness, identification and help in the classroom. Designed for educators and LSA’s, the course is online and just 2-hours so you can easily fit it in throughout the year. There are 6 modules in total with a quiz at the end of each module and a certificate upon completion. In states such as Iowa, Nessy PD is now available to all educaters as part of on-going teacher training.
Nessy Reading & Spelling is an intervention program for ages 5-12. The program guides you through 10 islands of 100 lessons with games, videos and worksheets, utilising the evidence-based Orton-Gillingham approach.
Nessy Reading and Spelling covers the content in the TEKS elementary levels for English Language Arts and Reading Kindergarten, grades 1-5.
Reading instruction is comprehensive and students receive instruction in phonemic awareness, phonics, decoding, and word attack skills while simultaneously being taught vocabulary, comprehension and reading strategies.
The Reading Center, located in Midland Texas is an Orton-Gillingham provider, utilizing the Barton Reading & Spelling System, and providing one-on-one tutoring services.
Tiffany James the owner and founder has created STRIVE, which addresses the varied developmental literacy needs of students across Texas.
The STRIVE reading program was developed in 2013 by reading specialist Tiffany James to address the varied developmental literacy needs of the students at The Grammar School at Midland Classical Academy in Midland, Texas. At that time, Midland Classical like most schools, had less than half of their students reaching grade level minimum benchmarks. This is consistent with national statistics. The US Department of Education finds that only 35% of American 4th graders score at or above the proficient level in reading.
As of March 2014, 90% of first graders participating in STRIVE teaching were showing pronounced growth. Some students had gained 9-18 months or more in reading level in four months of instruction.
Furthermore, teachers reported seeing an improvement of 95% in classroom performance of STRIVE students and 100% of parent surveys stated that working with a STRIVE teacher was improving their child’s language or reading skills.
How to Get Involved
Click here to read in detail about the STRIVE program and how you can participate.
State Dyslexia Organizations