Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurobiological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge. (Lyon, G.R., Shaywitz, S. E., Shaywitz, B.A. (2003). A definition of dyslexia. Annals of Dyslexia, 53, 1-14.)
Students with dyslexia can be served under special education or under Section 504, depending on the student’s unique needs. Please see TEA guidance (June 2018) on the TEA webpage.
What do I do if I suspect my child has dyslexia?
Review the common characteristics below. If you suspect your child has dyslexia, contact your campus principal, campus counselor, the special education department, or the 504 department to request a meeting and possible evaluation.
The Texas Dyslexia Handbook
You can view the current version of the handbook here:2021 Texas Dyslexia Handbook