What is Dyslexia?
Reading is complex. It requires our brains to connect letters to sounds, put those sounds in the right order, and pull the words together into sentences and paragraphs we can read and comprehend.
6 Types of Dyslexia
Trauma Dyslexia also referred to as Acquired Dyslexia
Who is eligible for Designated Supports:
Special Education Department
Tier 2/ Tier 3 (Struggling students)
Why is it Important to Screen for Dyslexia?
Early identification is critical because the earlier the intervention, the easier it is to remediate.
If intervention is not provided before the age of eight, the probability of reading difficulties continuing into High School is 75%
Who will be required and When?
First Grade Screening implementation Window: November to December
Dyslexia Screening Meetings completed by February
Kindergarten Dyslexia Screening by April
All screening will be completed by May 14th
How do I access the assessments?
The Star Early Literacy Screener will be administered according to the student assessment calendar for the REN 360 formal progress Monitoring window.
Dyslexia Screening will align with the student assessment - Progress Monitoring window, November and December
All First grade students must be assessed by December
Dyslexia Team Leaders will monitor progress and support participation
Who do I contact for Questions and Support?
Perla Del Angel, Special Education Director
Dyslexia Definition: neurological origin - Characterized by difficulties with accurate/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities.
Dyslexia Characteristics: Difficulty reading words in isolation - Difficulty accurately decoding unfamiliar words - Difficultly with oral reading ( slow, inaccurate, or labored) - Difficulty spelling
Instructional Components: Phonological awareness - Sound-Symbol association -Syllabication - Orthography -Morphology - Syntax - Reading Comprehension - Reading Fluency
Accommodations: Provide audio tapes of textbooks and have student follow the text while listening - provide summaries of chapters - use marker or highlighter - assign peer reading buddies - use colored transparency or overlay - review vocabulary prior to reading - provide preview questions - use videos related to the reading - provide a one page summary or review of important facts - DO NOT require student to read aloud - Talk through the material one to one after reading assignments
Talking Book Program (TEA): The Talking Book Program (TBP) provides free library services for Texans of any age who are blind or have a visual, physical, or reading disability (Dyslexia). If your child has been evaluated and identified as having Dyslexia please fill out an application for the Talking Book Program.
Books About Dyslexia
All kinds of Minds - by Mel Levine, MD
Basic Facts About Dyslexia & Other Reading Problems - by Luisa Cook Moats
Beginning to Read: Thinking and Learning about Print - by Marilyn Jager Adams
Dyslexia, Fluency, and the Brain - by Maryanne Wolf
Dyslexia: Theory and Practice of Instruction, Third Edition - by Diana Brewster Clark, Joanna Kellog Uhry
Texas Dyslexia Hotline & TEA's Dyslexia Webpage
1-800-232-3030 ext. 1410
TEA's Dyslexia Website
State Dyslexia Technology Plan
Section 2: Useful Technologies to Support Students with Dyslexia
Technology resources available for free or a minimal cost. Page 2 of Section 2 provides a list of apps and technology available for mobile devices.
Neuhaus Academy (Free online resource for adolescents and adults identified with dyslexia)
Information for Parents