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Dyslexia Resources

Students with dyslexia struggle to learn to read and spell despite adequate intelligence and appropriate instruction. The way dyslexia affects each person is unique, as is the level of severity. Some students are successful in the general education setting with just a few accommodations. Some students need to participate in a dyslexia intervention program and others may need specially designed instruction that modifies the standard dyslexia intervention program. In order to support students, teachers must understand the characteristics of dyslexia and be trained in the most effective strategies for teaching.
 
The information on this page focuses on resources for teachers who work with students with dyslexia, who qualify for special education services and receive instruction in an inclusive, general education setting.
Flowchart Outline Description
 
Title: "Students with Dyslexia"
 
Top of chart begins: "Usually have a deficit in phonological processing*"
 
1. "Results in"
  • "Difficulty with accurate and fluent word recognition."
  • "Poor spelling."
  • "Poor decoding."
 
2. "Unexpected in relation to"
  • "Other cognitive abilities"
  • "Appropriate classroom instruction"
 
3. "Possible secondary consequences may include problems with reading comprehension and reduced reading experience, which impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge."
 
*Please be mindful that average phonological scores alone do not rule out dyslexia.
 
For students with dyslexia who have been determined eligible for and who are receiving special education services, specially designed instruction must also address the critical, evidence-based components of a standard protocol dyslexia instructional program (page 40).
Specially designed instruction differs from these dyslexia instructional programs in that it "offers a more individualized program specifically designed to meet a student’s unique needs" (page 40).
 
"Both the teacher of dyslexia [possibly the special education teacher] and the regular classroom teacher should provide multiple opportunities to support intervention and to strengthen these skills; therefore, responsibility for teaching reading and writing must be shared by classroom teachers, reading specialists, interventionists, and teachers of dyslexia programs [possibly the special education teacher]" (page 41).
 
Texas Education Agency. The Dyslexia Handbook: Procedures Concerning Dyslexia and Related Disorders. Austin, TX: Texas Education Agency, 2018.

State Laws and Guidance

 State Laws and Rules Related to Dyslexia
 
Start here:
 
  TAC §74.28: Students with Dyslexia and Related Disorders
 
 
State Dyslexia Hotline 1-800-232-3030   
State Dyslexia Web Page
Continuing EducationTEC §21.054
 
Dyslexia Training OpportunitiesTEC §38.0032
 
Educator Preparation TEC §21.044 
 
Educator Preparation Curriculum TAC §228.30
 
Licensed Dyslexia Practitioners and Licensed Dyslexia Therapists TOC Chapter 403
 
Number and Content of Required Continuing Professional Education Hours TAC §232.11(e) 
Assessment for Dyslexia TEC §51.9701
 
Examination Accommodation For Person With Dyslexia TOC §54.003
 
Reading Diagnosis TEC §28.006
 
Screening and Treatment for Dyslexia and Related DisordersTEC §38.003
 
Student Advancement TEC §28.021
 
Testing Accommodations for Persons with Dyslexia TAC §230.23
Classroom Technology Plan for Students with Dyslexia TEC §38.0031
 
Technology Integration for Students with Dyslexia Interactive Website
 
Limitation on Compliance Monitoring TEC §7.028(b)
 
Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS) TEC §42.006(a-1) 

Instructional Resources

Neuhaus Academy houses a video library that contains examples of how to teach word division, etymology, syllable types, word meaning, critical thinking skills and affixes. The example videos include activities to go along with the lesson.
 
The Neuhaus Education Center's website includes consumables that can be downloaded for free. The downloads includes resources for grammar, spelling, handwriting, syllable division, etc. It also includes a rapid recognition chart generator, bingo card generator and other tools for creating review games.
 
Bookshare® is an ebook library that makes reading easier. In order for you to become a Bookshare® member, an expert must confirm that you have a print disability that severely inhibits or prevents you from reading traditional print materials. Memberships for Texas students with reading barriers, and the schools that support them will continue to be FREE.
 
Learning Ally is a library of human-read audiobooks, including literature, popular fiction and curriculum-aligned titles.
 
The International Dyslexia Association website includes an extensive list of possible accommodations for students with dyslexia.
 
Texas Dyslexia Identification Academy is a training initiative to help district and charter school teachers, administrators, dyslexia specialists, and assessment personnel with the challenges of identifying students with dyslexia. This training offers five modules where participants can customize their professional development path by attending one or any combination of the five.
 
The Texas Center for Learning Disabilities supports research that leads to a more comprehensive classification of LD, a more integrated understanding of intervention for children with reading problems, and important cross-discipline insights into the nature of LD. (teacher specific resources)
 
Texas Dyslexia Technology Plan includes a list of apps that are free or at a low cost. The Technology Plan also includes a list of technologies to support students with dyslexia.
 
This is a list of apps that may be helpful to individuals with dyslexia, parents of students with dyslexia, or the professionals who work with students with dyslexia (teachers, tutors, reading specialists, etc.). The apps aid the cognitive processes used in speaking, reading, spelling, and writing.
 

 

The International Dyslexia Association provides resources for professionals and families on dyslexia facts, videos, advocacy, research, and professional development.
 
The Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity conducts studies and builds awareness about dyslexia. This site includes resources for educators, parents, and people with dyslexia.
 
Dyslexia Help is a website developed by the University of Michigan. It includes resources for parents and educators such as games, apps, assistive technology and instructional ideas.
 
Understood is an organization dedicated to supporting children with learning and thinking differences. This site includes information for educators and parents such as intervention, accommodations, different therapies, and social learning.
 
Center for Dyslexia is a website developed by Middle Tennessee State University. The center actively conducts research and supports the translation of research to practice. This site includes resources for parents and teachers.
 
The Lead for Literacy website is funded by the United States Department of Education's Office of Special Education. It includes resources that help school districts implement and sustain evidence-based literacy practices within a comprehensive schoolwide reading model.
 
The National Center on Improving Literacy is funded by the United States Department of Education. The website includes resources for evidence-based approaches to screen, identify, and teach students with literacy-related disabilities, including dyslexia.
 
The Iris Center is supported by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs. The IRIS Center creates high-quality, online open educational resources about evidence-based instructional and behavioral practices to help improve the education outcomes of all students, especially struggling learners and those with disabilities.