Alma Schools Provides Dyslexia Intervention Using the Connections OG in 3D Program

  • "Dyslexia refers to a learning disability that affects reading and writing. What dyslexia is, what causes it, and what can be done about it are commonly misunderstood topics. For example, a commonly held belief is that dyslexia results from seeing things reversed. When in fact, dyslexia is not due to a problem with vision, but rather a problem within language."  -Arkansas Dyslexia Resources Guide, Arkansas Department of Education 2015

    Alma School District provides dyslexia intervention and therapy services to students who are identified as needing additional instruction in reading and phonological skills. In 2016, Alma Schools began training educators as dyslexia interventionists using CONNECTIONS OG in 3D®. This program was developed by The Apple Group in Jonesboro, Arkansas.

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  • How are students identified as needing extra reading instruction?

    In Alma, many screeners and tools are used to identify students needing extra assistance. These may include (but are not limited to):

    • PAST
    • DIBELS
    • NWEA Map data
    • iStation data
    • Arkansas Rapid Naming Screener
    • CTOPP2
    • TOWL4
    • GORT5


    How is extra assistance provided for students who are identified?

    Intervention in reading varies for each child. Different students need different levels of assistance. In Alma, intervention may be provided in a variety of settings. Intervention may happen in any of the following ways:

    • in class with his/her teacher
    • during small group reading 
    • during RTI/SHINE/Advisory/WIN time (depending on campus)
    • in a pull-out intervention  
    • as dyslexia therapy
    • as part of a child's IEP program