Dyslexia

WHAT IS DYSLEXIA?

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. 

WHAT ARE SOME 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 reading
  • Difficulty spelling words the way they sound

4th Grade - High School

  • History of reading and spelling difficulties
  • Avoids reading aloud
  • Reads most materials slowly; oral reading is not fluent
  • Avoids reading
  • Difficulty with spelling

WHAT ARE SOME COMMON MYTHS?

  • Reading and writing letters backwards is the main sign of dyslexia.
  • Dyslexia is a vision problem.
  • Dyslexia can be "cured" or outgrown.
  • Dyslexia is caused by lack of effort.

HOW DOES RISD SERVE DYSLEXIC STUDENTS?

  • Students with dyslexia are provided services to meet individual needs.
  • Identified students are provided with an appropriate instructional program that is systematic, sequential, and multi-sensory.

 

For more information about dyslexia, contact your child's teacher or:

Audrey Pelzel

RISD Dyslexia Specialist

512-430-6030, ext 5030

Academic Language Therapy Association logoWilson Dyslexia Practitioner

 

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