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Dyslexia Intervention & Accommodation at St. Mary's Catholic School

Helping Angel Learners Overcome

How Do I Know if My Child Has Dyslexia?
Dyslexia Signs and Support with HALO Program at St. Mary's

Identifying dyslexia in your child involves paying attention to subtle signs that may manifest during the early stages of learning. If your child encounters challenges in grasping the alphabet, struggles with rhyming, or faces difficulties dividing words into sounds, these may be indicators. Often, parents notice a shift in their child's enthusiasm for learning when they encounter reading instruction, leading to visible frustration.

Bright and eager learners can sometimes mask dyslexia by memorizing words, giving the appearance of reading proficiency. However, as the complexity of words increases (typically around third grade), the struggle becomes more apparent. If your child exhibits pronounced difficulty pronouncing words while reading or struggles notably with spelling compared to peers of the same age, it may be a signal to consider an assessment for dyslexia.

At St. Mary's HALO Program, we understand the nuances of dyslexia detection. Our trained specialists and teachers use their expertise in the Orton-Gillingham and Barton approaches to identify these challenges early on. If you observe persistent difficulties in your child's reading and spelling abilities, our team is here to provide assessments, personalized intervention, and support. Together, let's empower your child to navigate the unique journey of overcoming dyslexia.


Can Dyslexia be Cured?
HALO Program Provides Hope and Support

Dyslexia is not something that can be outright cured, but with the right interventions and support, individuals can overcome the challenges associated with it. At St. Mary's School, our HALO Program (Helping Angel Learners Overcome) is dedicated to providing effective dyslexia intervention and support for students in grades K-8.

Our proactive approach involves regular screenings throughout the year to identify potential learning gaps early on. By addressing these gaps with evidence-based methods like the Orton-Gillingham and Barton methods, we aim to bridge the learning divide and empower students to catch up with their peers.

The HALO Program at St. Mary's is committed to offering personalized interventions during school hours, at no additional cost to parents. Our goal is to create a supportive learning environment within the traditional values of our Catholic school, ensuring that students with dyslexia receive the necessary tools and assistance to thrive academically.

How Do You Correct Dyslexia?
HALO Program's Approach to Correction

At St.Mary's, our comprehensive strategy involves early detection and regular screenings, ensuring timely identification of learning gaps. Trained specialists and teachers, equipped with expertise in the Orton-Gillingham and Barton approaches, lead the way.

With a focus on personalized goals and instructional plans, our interventionists provide consistent support during school hours. Progress monitoring and frequent reviews ensure adaptive strategies, guaranteeing that each student's unique needs are met effectively.

Beyond the classroom, we believe in empowering families. Our program not only teaches valuable skills that can be applied at home but also offers additional tutoring hours after school for those seeking further support. At St. Mary's, we are committed to optimizing dyslexia correction with a holistic and collaborative approach. Discover the difference of personalized intervention and accommodation through our HALO Program.

What About IEP's? 

Individualized Education Programs

If your child already has an Individualized Education Program (IEP), St. Mary's takes this commitment seriously. As a private school, we not only honor existing accommodations but go the extra mile through the HALO Program. We advocate for your child's needs, conduct thorough screenings for specific skills, and implement interventions to effectively bridge any learning gaps.

IEPs are typically up for evaluation every three years. Our goal is to work collaboratively with parents, educators, and specialists to provide interventions that may allow your child to reduce the level of accommodations over time or, in some cases, even test out of certain support measures.

If your child does not have an Individualized Education Program (IEP), the HALO Program at St. Mary's is here with a proactive and supportive strategy. We prefer to begin with screenings, identifying potential learning gaps, and providing interventions through personalized plans in HALO as the primary approach before considering formal evaluations.

 We understand that parents may be cautious about formal categorizations for minor challenges. If necessary, we are committed to assisting families in obtaining the evaluations needed to ensure the best possible support for your child.

My Child Already Has an IEP
My Child Does NOT Have an IEP
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We're Here to Help Your Angel Overcome

Reach out to us to learn more about our HALO Program and how we can tailor support to meet your child's unique needs. Your child's journey to overcoming challenges and thriving academically begins with a simple conversation. Contact us today for a brighter tomorrow!

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