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." -The Dyslexia Handbook 2018 Update
Dyslexia is not a sign of poor intelligence. Dyslexia is not the result of impaired vision, nor lack of educational opportunity. Children and adults with dyslexia simply have a neurological disorder that causes their brains to process and interpret information differently.
Signs of Dyslexia-
School-age children may demonstrate trouble with:
- Learning letters and their sounds
- Organizing written and spoken language
- Memorizing number facts
- Reading quickly enough to comprehend
- Persisting with and comprehending longer reading assignments
- Learning to speak (related to pre-school)
How is Dyslexia Identified?
Trained professionals can identify dyslexia using a formal evaluation. The evaluation looks at a person's ability to understand and use spoken and written language. It looks at areas of strength and weakness in the skills that are needed for reading. It also takes into account many other factors, including family history, intellect, educational background, social environment, and responsiveness to classroom interventions.
If you suspect your child has a reading and/or writing disorder, please visit with your child's campus principal for more information and assistance with available early intervention services. If your child does not adequately respond to interventions, a full evaluation for dyslexia may be needed.