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Thanks to the generous support of our donors, Turn Center began providing dyslexia services in the Spring of 2019 under the direction of Kris Smith, MEd, LDT, CALT, QI, Director of Dyslexia Services. 

Kris has most recently served as District Dyslexia Coordinator/Therapist/Educational Diagnostician for Bushland ISD and comes to Turn Center with a wealth of expertise from her experience in public education, private therapy, and as a parent of a child with dyslexia.  

"We are thrilled to have Kris as the director of Turn Center's new dyslexia services program and are excited to begin offering these much-needed services to children in this area," says Turn Center Executive Director Bruce Moseley. 

According to the International Dyslexia Association Board of Directors, dyslexia is a specific learning disability which 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 which is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction.

As many as 15–20% of the population as a whole have some of the symptoms of dyslexia, including slow or inaccurate reading, poor spelling, poor writing, or mixing up similar words. These individuals are likely to struggle with many aspects of academic learning and are likely to benefit from systematic, explicit, instruction in reading, writing, and language. 

As Director of Dyslexia Services for Turn Center, Kris’ first objective is to interview qualified dyslexia specialists to provide systematic instruction for children in an after-school program. “We are looking for Certified Academic Language Therapists or teachers with dyslexia training,” shares Kris. “We are building this program from the ground up and want to hire self-motivated and passionate individuals who truly want to make a difference in children’s lives.” 

Kris Smith is a Licensed Dyslexia Therapist and Educational Diagnostician in the state of Texas.  Kris holds a Bachelor’s degree from West Texas A & M University and Master’s degrees from West Texas A & M University in Reading Education and Educational Diagnostician. Kris received post-graduate academic language therapy training at Southern Methodist University. 

 

“We simply could not have found a better fit to create this program than Kris,” says Bruce Moseley. “She has an outstanding reputation and is dedicated to helping students overcome their difficulties with the written language. Offering dyslexia services has been something we have wanted to do at Turn Center for several years, and we are thrilled to see it all come together.”

2019: DYSLEXIA SERVICES

We will be offering our first dyslexia services beginning fall of 2019. Initially, our plan is to serve students identified with dyslexia. We are also looking at the possibility of expanding services later to include reading intervention for struggling readers not identified with dyslexia. 

Dyslexia services will be provided during after school sessions in small groups four days per week. Dyslexia programs are designed to be intensive for the remediation of dyslexia. Due to the intensity and frequency of sessions, participating in our dyslexia program requires a commitment on the part of dyslexia specialists, students and parents. 

We are asking for a written report with diagnosis of dyslexia as part of our intake for the students we will serve. Intake forms will be available at a later time.  Additionally, it is recommended that students not be dually enrolled in dyslexia services with another program, facility or individual as there may be program and language differences that cause confusion for the child. If you are interested in learning more, feel free to email kris.smith@turncenter.org for more information. 

- Kris Smith, MEd, LDT, CALT, Director of Dyslexia Services