Frequently Asked Questions
What is dyslexia?
The primary symptoms or characteristics of dyslexia are:
- difficulty learning the letter names and sounds
- difficulty reading single words, such as words on flashcards or in a list
- lack of reading fluency
- reading slowly with many mistakes
- difficulty with learning to spell
In addition, students may have:
- difficulty understanding what they read
- difficulty writing sentences or paragraphs
How common is dyslexia?
- 15-20% of the general population has a language-based learning disability.
- 70-80% of the students with specific learning disabilities receiving special education services have deficits in reading.
- Dyslexia is the most common cause of reading, writing, and spelling difficulties.
What causes dyslexia?
- a difference in the way the brain works
For example: Recognizing individual speech sounds in words
- learning how letters represent those sounds
- remembering sounds in the correct order
- the ability to quickly say letter names, object names, and name common words
Dyslexia is NOT:
- not a lack of intelligence.
- not a lack of motivation to learn to read.
- not seeing letters and words backward.
- not letters/words jumping around on a page.
Where can I find more information about dyslexia specific to the state of Texas?
What do I do if I think my child is dyslexic?
- Contact your campus counselor.