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.