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Dyslexia Program

North Lamar ISD – Dyslexia Program

Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurological in origin.  It is characterized by difficulities 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 that is often unexpexted in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction.  Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge. (Adopted by the International Dyslexia Board of Directors, November 12, 2002).

Dyslexia Therapists


Carol VanDeaver, M.Ed., LDT, CALT
NLISD Dyslexia Coordinator

Alexandria Walters, CALT
Dyslexia Therapist

North Lamar Intermediate and Stone Middle School
   903.737.2061                    903.737.2041

Suzanne Culbertson
Dyslexia Specialist

North Lamar Intermediate School

Miranda Hale
Dyslexia Specialist

North Lamar Intermediate School

Kerri Layton
Dyslexia Specialist

Aaron Parker Elementary School

Programs Utilized at NLISD

Take Flight:  A Comprehensive Intervention for Students with Dyslexia is a two-year curriculum written by the staff of the Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC).  Take Flight addresses the essential components outlined by the state of Texas for meeting the literacy needs of students identified with dyslexia and related disorders.

Higgins Elementary
Literacy, PreFlight, and Take Flight Dyslexia Curriculum

Aaron Parker Elementary
Literacy Support, PreFlight, Reading By Design, and 
Take Flight Dyslexia Curriculum

North Lamar Intermediate
Literacy, RTI Reading, Reading By Design, and 
Take Flight Dyslexia Curriculum

Stone Middle School
Take Flight Dyslexia Curriculum

North Lamar High School
Take Flight Dyslexia Curriculum


The Dyslexia Handbook - 2021 Update streamlines the process for identification of dyslexia and clarifies that anytime the district suspects that the student has dyslexia or a related disorder, the district must seek parental consent for a Full Individual Initial Evaluation (FIIE) under the IDEA.

Child Find is a provision in the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), a federal law that requires the state to have policies and procedures in place to ensure that every student in the state who needs special education and related services is located, identified, and evaluated. The purpose of the IDEA is to ensure that students with disabilities are offered a free and appropriate public education (20 U.S.C. §1400(d); 34 C.F.R. §300.1). Because a student suspected of having dyslexia may be a student with a disability under the IDEA, the Child Find mandate includes these students. Therefore, when referring and evaluating students suspected of having dyslexia, LEAs must follow procedures for conducting a full individual and initial evaluation (FIIE) under the IDEA. (See the FAQ below.)

Sources for Free Audio Books

North Lamar ISD provides free audio books to students with dyslexia. 

Texas Talking Book Program               Learning Ally Audiobooks

                 Texas Talking Book Program                           Learning Ally Audiobooks

         Texas Talking Book Program Spanish


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North Lamar Independent School District
3130 N Main
Paris, Texas 75460

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Phone: 903-737-2000