What is dyslexia?
Dyslexia is a term used to describe a specific learning disability in basic reading skills and/or reading fluency.
The Texas Education Code (TEC) §38.003 defines dyslexia and related disorders in the following way: “Dyslexia” means a disorder of constitutional origin manifested by a difficulty in learning to read, write, or spell, despite conventional instruction, adequate intelligence, and sociocultural opportunity. “Related disorders” include disorders similar to or related to dyslexia, such as developmental auditory imperception, dysphasia, specific developmental dyslexia, developmental dysgraphia, and developmental spelling disability.
What do I do if I suspect my child has dyslexia?
Review the common characteristics of dyslexia. If you suspect your child has dyslexia, contact your campus counselor. The campus counselor can walk you through the steps of getting your child tested for dyslexia.
Students with dyslexia can be served under Section 504 or Special Education, depending on the student’s unique needs.
Dyslexia Characteristics include difficulties with:
- Identifying and recalling the names of alphabet letters, numbers, and familiar objects
- Mapping sounds to letters
- Auditory memory for rhymes, songs, and chants
- Blending, segmenting, and manipulating sounds in words
- Reading words in isolation or reading unknown words
- Reading fluency
- Vocabulary acquisition due to reduced independent reading
- Reading comprehension
- Written production
Dyslexia Quick Links
Learning Ally https://learningally.org/
Talking Books Program https://www.tsl.texas.gov/tbp/index.html
International Dyslexia Association https://dyslexiaida.org/
The Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity https://dyslexia.yale.edu/
Reading Rockets https://www.readingrockets.org/
READING RESOURCES FOR KIDS
Star Fall www.starfall.com
News ELA www.newsels.com
National Geographic Kids www.natgeokids.org
Word World www.wordworld.com/apps-and-games
PBS Reading Games www.pbskids.org/games/reading/Brenda Martinez, District Dyslexia Specialist817-568-3500 ext. 4043Dr.Felicia Donaldson, District Assistant Superintendent
817-568-3500 ext. 4008
Books on Dyslexia
- The Misunderstood Child by Larry B. Silver, M.D.
- The Everything Parent’s Guide to Children with Dyslexia by Abigail Marshall
- It’s Called Dyslexia by Jennifer Moore-Mallinos
- Homework Without Tears by Lee Canter and Lee Hausner
- How to Reach and Teach Children and Teens with Dyslexia by Cynthia M. Stowe, M. Ed.
- The Read Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease
- The Gift of Dyslexia Why Some of the Smartest People Can't Read....and How they Can Learn by Ronald D. Davis
- Overcoming Dyslexia by Sally Shaywitz, M.D.