Dyslexia and Related Services, San Antonio Independent School District
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Questions and Answers

How do I know if my child may have characteristics of dyslexia?

The following are the reading/writing/spelling characteristics of dyslexia:

  • difficulty reading single words in isolation;
  • difficulty accurately decoding nonsense or unfamiliar words;
  • slow, inaccurate, or labored oral reading (fluency), and/or
  • difficulty learning to spell.

The reading/writing/spelling characteristics are the result of:

  • difficulty with the development of phonological awareness, including segmenting, blending, and manipulating sounds in words;
  • difficulty learning the names of letters and their associated sounds;
  • difficulty with phonological memory (remembering information about sounds and words); and/or
  • difficulty with rapid naming of familiar objects, colors, or letters of the alphabet.

What do I do if I think my child may have dyslexia?

You should meet with your child's teacher to discuss his/her reading progress and any questions or concerns you have regarding their reading.

What criteria is the dyslexia program required to meet?

The state requires that each campus have a program for students identified with characteristics of dyslexia and/or related disorders. That program must be:

  • individualized to meet the student's needs,
  • multisensory, using visual, auditory, tactile, and kinesthetic methodologies;
  • phonologically based;
  • meaning based;
  • systematic, sequential, and cumulative; and
  • process oriented.

What can I do to help my child?

As a parent, you can help your child by

  • understanding his/her dyslexia; reading books to learn more;
  • praising your child's strengths and avoiding pressuring him/her in the area of reading/writing/spelling;
  • establishing routines at home;
  • making certain your child understands your directions; having him/her read them back to you;
  • breaking large tasks into small ones, allowing your child to successfully complete each small task in order to successfully complete large ones;
  • making certain there is a place for your child to do his/her homework;
  • helping your child develop a plan for completing homework and other tasks;
  • working closely with your child's teacher; and
  • being patient with your child.

Whom do I contact if I have questions/concerns?

You should contact the Campus Dyslexia Coordinator at your child's school. This is usually the assistant principal or counselor. You can also contact the District Dyslexia Coordinator at (210)-354-3983.

What can I do to help my dyslexic child?  Break large tasks into small ones, allowing your child to complete each small task in order to successfully complete large ones.

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San Antonio Independent School District

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January 12, 2009

Leticia Carrasco
Senior Coordinato
r, SAISD Dyslexia, Section 504, RtI Department

Dyslexia and Related Disorders
406 Barrera Street
San Antonio, Texas 78210
(210) 354-3983


San Antonio Independent School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, or disability in providing education services, activities, and programs, including vocational programs, in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.

Es norma del Distrito Escolar Independiente de San Antonio de no discriminar por motivos de raza, religion, color, origen nacional, sexo o impedimento, en sus programas, servicios o actividades vocacionales, tal como lo require el Título VI de la Ley de Derechos Civiles de 1964, según enmienda; el Titulo IX de las Enmiendas en la Educación, de 1972, y la Sección 504 de la Ley de Rehabilitación de 1973, según enmienda.