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Dyslexia Handbook

Manual sobre la dislexia

Dyslexia Handbook 2021 Update

Actualizacion del manual de dislexia 2021

Resources-TEA information regarding IDEA, Dyslexia, MTSS, and Section 504

House Bill (HB) 3928

Dyslexia FAQs English

Preguntas Frecuentes sobre Dyslexia Español

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

  1. Phonological Dyslexia

  2. Surface Dyslexia

  3. Visual Dyslexia

  4. Primary Dyslexia

  5. Secondary Dyslexia

  6. Trauma Dyslexia also referred to as Acquired Dyslexia 

Who is eligible for Designated Supports:

  • Special Education Department

  • Section 504

  • English Learners

  • 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

(956) 340-1080


Dyslexia Resources:

  • 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

  1. All kinds of Minds - by Mel Levine, MD 

  2. Basic Facts About Dyslexia & Other Reading Problems - by Luisa Cook Moats

  3. Beginning to Read: Thinking and Learning about Print - by Marilyn Jager Adams

  4. Dyslexia, Fluency, and the Brain - by Maryanne Wolf

  5. Dyslexia: Theory and Practice of Instruction, Third Edition - by Diana Brewster Clark, Joanna Kellog Uhry

Audio eBooks


Learning Ally

State Resources

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.


ESC Region 20 STAAR Accommodations

TEA Student Assessment Accommodation Resources


International Dyslexia Association

Austin Area Branch of the International Dyslexia Association

Academic Language Therapist Association (ALTA)

The Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity

University of Michigan Dyslexia Help

Neuhaus Education Center

The Reading League

Neuhaus Academy (Free online resource for adolescents and adults identified with dyslexia)

Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children Luke Waites Dyslexia Center  

TSRHC's "Dyslexia Defined" Brochure"Dyslexia Defined" Brochure

Scottish Rite Learning Center of South Texas (in San Antonio)

Dyslexia Center of Austin

Dyslexia Training Institute

National Center for Learning Disabilities

Information for Parents

ESC Region 20 Family Engagement Dyslexia Resources


Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity's Parent Website

ALTA's Parent Website