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Old 10-21-2010, 08:58 AM
 
Location: Austin Metro
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Does anyone have children with dyslexia in the Austin area schools? (Especially SW Austin or Hays Co.) I'm looking for good support for a dyslexic child. Thanks!
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Old 10-21-2010, 11:44 AM
 
Location: central Austin
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You can DM for more info but in general local public schools do not provide good support for dyslexic children. Slow to diagnose, slow to support, limited interventions. You can do public school with private CALT tutoring or Texas Scottish Rite after-school programs or private schools, Rawson-Sauders is very expensive but has an exclusive focus on dyslexia. St. Francis School has five CALTs on staff and is a less expensive option than R-S. If you are in AISD, Highland Park Elementary has a single CALT on staff and I think Kiker in SW Austin does too. St. Andrews offers some support for dyslexia too.


Scottish Rite Learning Center of Austin
Rawson-Saunders School - Academic excellence for students with dyslexia
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https://www.hppta.org/index.php
Kiker Elementary
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Old 10-21-2010, 10:04 PM
AGA
 
Location: Knoxville, TN
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I have also heard something about Bannockburn Church School
http://impactnews.com/southwest-austin/recent-news/4142-new-school-to-address-dyslexia (broken link)
focusing on dyslexic students either currently or in the future. I think I figured my son who is in 4th grade would be eligible in 6th. I do know of a private tutor in the S/W area if you are interested. She is dyslexic and has 2 sons that are dyslexic and she has focused her education on that area!

This is another thought, however it focuses on "speech, language and learning differences". May not be exactly appropriate for dyslexia. We looked at it BEFORE the diagnoses was made and did not investigate it after....
Capitol School of Austin
Address 2011 W Koenig Lane Austin, TX 78756
Phone 467-7006
FAX 467-7025
GradesPK-5th

http://www.dyslexia-support.com/dyslexia-schools.html

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Old 10-22-2010, 07:32 AM
 
Location: Austin Metro
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Thanks so much! I'll look into all of these. I had checked out the Rawson-Saunders School, but it looks like a trek from SW Austin (in traffic, I suppose). I couldn't find any info on tuition rates online. Never a good sign if they won't even publish them!
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Old 10-22-2010, 09:53 AM
 
Location: central Austin
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Rawson-Sauders runs about $16K a year! But for some kids, it is the best solution. It is the only comprehensive, dyslexic-only program in Austin (there are boarding schools in other parts of the country, we are lucky to have R-S as an option, I'm sure that they have financial aid.) It would be a trek from SW Austin. St. Francis School is about half expense of R-S, straight shot up 35 to the 290 area, I know people to drive loong distances to get there.

Scottish Rite is also very far north, which would make their after-school programs out of reach. Depending on your kids individual needs, the best solution might be private CALT with public school might work out best.

good luck!
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Old 10-22-2010, 12:39 PM
 
Location: Austin Metro
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Wow, 16K? And I can't imagine the drive either (trying to get two other kids to school at the same time). We are looking at SW Austin because my husband will be working in Kyle and we need to be fairly close but we'd like to be closer into Austin. We like some diversity but the schools are going to be our main focus for now. Everyone keeps telling me SW. Public + CALT might work. It would be better than what we have here, I think. Thanks again, great info.
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Old 10-22-2010, 04:19 PM
 
Location: Austin
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I recommend that you check out Lindamood Bell.
Lindamood-Bell for Reading and Comprehension help | Learning Centers | School Partnerships
They have permanent facilities located throughout the United States, including one in Dallas. An intensive summer clinic was held in Austin this year, and may be again next year. There were plans to open a clinic full time here, but I don't know what the status of that is. Maybe your child could attend a LB summer clinic in Austin next year.

Lindamood Bell is a quality program. Many of the CALTs that you work with may have attended LB workshops and use it in intervention, although LB doesn't offer certification.

You can educate yourself as well, by attending one of the three LB workshops that address reading deficits: LIPS, Seeing Stars and VV. Seeing Stars may be more user-friendly for a parent than LIPS.

A speech language pathologist may also be able to help. Language-based issues such as phonological awareness can carry over from oral to written language.
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Old 10-22-2010, 06:35 PM
AGA
 
Location: Knoxville, TN
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What is CALT?
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Old 10-22-2010, 07:00 PM
 
Location: central Austin
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What is CALT?
Certified Academic Language Therapist!
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Old 11-04-2010, 11:23 AM
 
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Default Rawson-Saunders School

My son who is severely dyslexic and has an auditory processing disorder attended Rawson-Saunders for seven years. The teachers and ALT's are wonderful, experts in their fields and GENUINELY care about each student. Our family will always remember the teachers and the astounding results that our son made while there. Yes it is expensive, but if at all possible it is THE place for a dyslexic child in Austin.
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