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

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

  • difficulty reading words in isolation
  • difficulty accurately decoding unfamiliar words
  • difficulty with oral reading (slow, inaccurate, or labored)
  • difficulty spelling

The reading/spelling characteristics are most often associated with the following:

  • segmenting, blending, and manipulating sounds in words (phonemic awareness)
  • learning the names of letters and their associated sounds
  • holding information about sounds and words in memory (phonological memory)
  • rapidly recalling the names of familiar objects, colors, or letters of the alphabet (rapid naming)

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;
  • seeking alternative assignment methods such as oral reports, tests and assignments, and provisions for recorded text, word processors, etc.;
  • 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)-554-2570