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Melody Herring - Dyslexia Therapist

About me:
 
     * This is my tenth year in Lovejoy ISD.  I taught 2nd grade at Lovejoy Elementary, served as the Assistant Principal at Sloan Creek Middle School, and served as the Assistant Principal at Puster Elementary.  
     * This is my first year as a full-time dyslexia therapist.  I taught a Take Flight class last year as part of my training in addition to my administrative duties.  I have been eager to return to the classroom so I am thrilled that this transition was possible!
     * I worked in McKinney ISD as the Special Education Lead at Faubion Middle School and I worked in Prosper ISD as the Resource Teacher at the secondary  campus.  (There was only one elementary and one secondary campus at the time!)
     * I graduated from Texas Woman's University in 1993 with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology.  I went back to TWU for my Master's degree in Educational Administration in 2008.
     * I have two amazing children!  Blake is in his second year at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas studying electrical engineering.  Baylor is a sophomore at Lovejoy HS and is involved in cheerleading, theater, and choir.
     * Eddy has been my wonderful husband for 22 years.  After his regular day job, he loves to do community theater on the side.  (He has a talent agent and spends several of his lunch hours at auditions.  You may even spot him in a commercial or two!)
     * In my free time, I love to cook, organize things, and run marathons.
 
 

What do I do?

 

Lovejoy I.S.D. dyslexia services are based on prescriptive Orton-Gillingham programs.  These programs address the five essential components of reading with direct, intensive and explicit instruction using multi-sensory techniques in learning the code of sounds and letters.  Multi-sensory learning offers children opportunities to learn through seeing, hearing, and touching.  In addition, these programs utilize repetition to secure concepts of reading and spelling.  Orton-Gillingham programs are scientifically research based.  

 

 

What is Take Flight?
 

Take Flight: A Comprehensive Intervention for Students with Dyslexia is a curriculum written by the staff of the Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. 

 

Take Flight addresses the five components of effective reading instruction identified by the National Reading Panel's research and is a comprehensive Tier III intervention for students with dyslexia.

  •      Phonemic Awareness - following established procedures for explicitly teaching the relationships between speech-sound production and spelling-sound patterns 
  •      Phonics - providing a systematic approach for single word decoding
  •      Fluency - using research-proven directed practice in repeated reading of words, phrases and passages to help students read newly encountered text more fluently
  •      Vocabulary - featuring multiple word learning strategies (definitional, structural, contextual) and explicit teaching techniques with application in text 
  •      Reading Comprehension - teaching students to explicitly use and articulate multiple comprehension strategies (i.e., cooperative learning, story structure, question generation and answering, summarization and comprehension monitoring)

 

Take Flight key findings:

  •      Students who complete Take Flight instruction show significant growth in all areas of reading skill.
  •      Follow-up research with children who completed treatment indicates that students maintain the benefits of instruction on word reading skills and continue to improve in reading comprehension after one year.
  •      Take Flight is effective when used in schools by teachers with advanced training in treating learning disorders.
  •      Students with the lowest reading skills acquire the strongest gains from Take Flight.

 

                                                         http://www.tsrhc.org/dyslexia-take-flight