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The mission of the Rio Grande City Grulla CISD Dyslexia Program is to:

Provide all eligible students with dyslexia with the multi-sensory and
phonological awareness skills necessary to compensate for deficiencies
in the areas of reading, writing, and spelling, in order to nurture a
strong self-esteem and to provide opportunities for them to develop
their talents.

What is Dyslexia?

Dyslexia is a language-based learning disability. Dyslexia refers to a cluster of symptoms, which result in people having difficulties with specific language skills, particularly reading. Students with dyslexia usually experience difficulties with other language skills such as spelling, writing, and pronouncing words. Dyslexia affects individuals throughout their lives; however, its impact can change at different stages in a person’s life. It is referred to as a learning disability because dyslexia can make it very difficult for a student to succeed academically in the typical instructional environment, and in its more severe forms, will qualify a student for special education, special accommodations, or extra support services. Click here to read more...

The following are the primary reading/spelling characteristics of dyslexia:

  • Difficulty reading real words in isolation

  • Difficulty accurately decoding unfamiliar words

  • Difficulty with oral reading (slow, inaccurate, or labored without prosody)

  • Difficulty spelling


(Taken from The Dyslexia Handbook: 2021 Update)

Students with dyslexia can be served under special education or under Section 504, depending on the student’s unique needs. Please see TEA guidance (June 2018) Provision of Services for Students with Dyslexia and Related Disorders.

Instruction at RGCGISD for students with Dyslexia

What is the New Herman Method?

The New Herman Method™ is a small group reading intervention that provides instruction in phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension skills. Its multisensory Orton-Gillingham-based approach is used in thousands of schools nationwide and has proved successful with inner-city classes, English learners, and students with learning disabilities.

How does The NEW HERMAN METHOD help students? 

• Builds strong readers and writers with a comprehensive approach to literacy

• Sequentially and systematically teaches students reading, spelling, handwriting, and composition skills

• Incorporates visual, auditory, kinesthetic, and tactile modalities 

• Introduces new procedures to aid teachers and students in successfully completing the introduction to new graphemes for reading, handwriting, spelling, and dictation activities

AMPLIO Platform (MTA and Esperanza)

MTA, Dyslexia English

* Builds a comprehensive, integrated language arts program 

* Uses a digital version of the Multisensory Teaching Approach 

* Is an evidence-based curriculum based on the Orton-Gillingham approach

Esperanza, Dyslexia Spanish

* A systematic, sequential and explicit approach to teaching Spanish literacy 

* An evidence-based curriculum designed to improve literacy skills for Spanish-speaking and bilingual students identified with dyslexia



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