Cumberland Academy uses the MTA program to serve our students with dyslexia. MTA is an Orton-°© Gillingham multi-sensory approach that teaches reading using visual, auditory, and kinesthetic (muscle memory) techniques. The MTA curriculum enhances and develops alphabetic phonics by teaching for mastery. MTA teaches the science of the written language and addresses reading, handwriting, and spelling. This curriculum meets all state requirements as an exemplary choice for the remediation of dyslexia.
Definition of Dyslexia
The current definition from the International Dyslexia Association states:
Common Signs of Dyslexia
Kindergarten – 3rd grade:
• Failure to understand that words are made up of parts or individual sounds
• Difficulty learning the letter names and their corresponding sounds
• Difficulty reading single words in isolation
• Choppy and labored reading
• Difficulty spelling phonetically
4th – High School
• History of reading and spelling difficulties
• Avoids reading aloud
• Reads most materials slowly; oral reading is labored, not fluent
• Avoids reading for pleasure
***If you have questions regarding Dyslexia services or testing for your child, please contact your child's homeroom teacher or the dyslexia specialist on your child's campus.