What is Dyslexia?
Dyslexia is a specific learning disability. People with dyslexia have difficulty separating the individual sounds in words. This makes learning to read and spell words difficult. It also makes it difficult to read quickly and smoothly.
What Should I Do if I Suspect My Child May Have Dyslexia?
Email or call your child’s teacher and/or the school counselor or principal and share your suspicions.
Your school will contact you to schedule a Child Find meeting within 10 days. At this meeting the team, which includes the parent(s), will decide whether or not to evaluate to look for a learning disability.
Many students with dyslexia will benefit from the use of assistive technology. Assistive technology includes speech-to-text software, text-to-speech software, word prediction software, grammar check software, audio books, and on-line graphic organizers. These tools allow some students with dyslexia to use their comprehension and creative and critical thinking skills without the barriers they may experience with written text.
Google Read and Write
Text-to-speech for words, phrases, passages, or entire documents
Highlights the words being read to allow for the student to follow along.
Collects highlights from multiple documents for research
Create voice notes
Text and Picture dictionaries
Accommodations to Consider
Accommodations should always be based on the particular needs of the student.
Read aloud or access to audio versions of text
Extended time for assignments
Copies of notes provided after student attempt
No penalty for spelling errors (except on spelling tests or final drafts)
Speech to text software
Graphic organizers for comprehension and writing
Clarify written directions
Visual prompts and reminders
Audio and digital (and print and large text) versions of novels and textbooks