What is dyslexia?
Dyslexia is a language processing disorder which is neurological in origin. The characteristics of dyslexia show themselves in difficulty with spoken and written information. Characteristics of dyslexia may vary from mild to severe. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in phonological component of language that is often unexpected 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 (International Dyslexia Association, 2002).
What are some common characteristics of dyslexia?
The following are reading/spelling characteristics:
*Difficulty reading single words in isolation;
*Difficulty decoding age appropriate words;
*slow, labored oral reading (lack of reading fluency);
*Difficulty with learning to spell.
Secondary consequences of dyslexia may include:
*Variable difficulty with aspects of reading comprehension;
*Variable difficulty with aspects in written comprehension;
*Poor memory for sequencing information.
***It is important to note that ALL students are individuals and characteristics of dyslexia may present differently and at different times for different individuals. Students may be identified with an educational identification of dyslexia at any point. ***
What do I do if I suspect my child may have dyslexia?
If you feel like your child may have dyslexia:
Step 1: Contact his or her teacher to set up a conference to discuss your concerns.
Step 2: The teacher will then use a dyslexia identifier checklist to review common characteristics of students that may have dyslexia.
Step 3: From here the dyslexia committee will determine if the child needs testing based on checklist and student work samples.
Step 4: Parents/guardian will be contacted and sent home dyslexia assessment permission packet.
Step 5: Student will be tested and parents/guardian will be notified of results.
What happens if my child qualifies for services?
If your child qualifies they will be part of our MTA program that helps service students with dyslexia characteristics. They will also be eligible to be in our 504 program. For further details on these services please contact Lori Green our campus 504 coordinator at (903)342-3548.
Here are some helpful links for dyslexia research.
Dyslexia A2Z http://www.dyslexiaa2z.com/
The Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital http://www.tsrhc.org/dyslexia
International Dyslexia Association | Dyslexia Research http://eida.org/
Dyslexia Educational Network - A Resource For Dyslexics www.dyslexiaed.com
Understanding Dyslexia (For Parents) – KidsHealth http://kidshealth.org/parent/medical/learning/dyslexia.html
Texas Education Agency’s Dyslexia handbook http://tea.texas.gov/index2.aspx?id=25769814312