October is Dyslexia Awareness Month

Here are a few things you should know.

What is Dyslexia?

"It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and / or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge."

Adopted by the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) Board of Directors, Nov. 12, 2002. This Definition is also used by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).

Our L.I.S.D. philosophy

We believe that dyslexic students are intelligent, capable, creative and multi-talented individuals. We feel that language-learning is a talent, and that dyslexic students have a low talent for learning written language skills. These students are three-dimensional thinkers. Two-dimensional symbols as in reading, writing, and spelling need to be taught using a multi-sensory approach and using techniques that teach lifetime skills in order to compensate for their difference.

We feel that by working closely with the regular classroom teacher, we can help make accommodations to allow the dyslexic student equal access to the regular curriculum and therefore enable the student to be successful in the classroom.

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Bilingual Dyslexia

Yes, Spanish is a transparent language therefore it is a little more difficult to spot the bilingual dyslexic students but eventually they need help too. As phonetic patterns become more complex, even a phonological language such as Spanish becomes too great a challenge for a student with dyslexia. Again, the unexpected struggle of a student who otherwise appears to 'get it' is a big sign.

So how can we help?

We can be advocates for these students and help them succeed! Remember, many dyslexic students are very bright and have many talents! The stress of reading struggles shouldn't hold them back from their potential but it often does!
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Test your knowledge

Please talk to me. Share your questions and concerns. If I don't have answers, I will try to find them for you.

Visit these websites and share with your parents.

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Please check out this impressive list of famous people with dyslexia who made great contributions to society.

"For a dyslexic who does not yet know they are dyslexic, life is like a big high wall you never think you will be able to climb or get over. The moment you understand there is something called dyslexia, and there are ways of getting around the problem, the whole world opens up." Sir Jackie Stewart

I am here to serve our students and support you.


Patricia Sutherland

Bilingual Literacy / Dyslexia Specialist

Lakeland Elementary

469-713-5992

sutherlandp@lisd.net