Dyslexia Awareness Month

October 2016

Dyslexia Defined

Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurological in origin. 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. - Adopted by the International Dyslexia Board of Directors, 2002.
What is dyslexia? - Kelli Sandman-Hurley

Primary Characteristics

Students may have difficulty in one or more of the following areas.

  • reading words in isolation
  • accurately decoding unfamiliar words
  • oral reading fluency
  • spelling
  • segmenting/blending and manipulating sounds (phonemic awareness)
  • retaining sounds and words (phonological memory)
  • rapidly recalling names or letters or objects (rapid naming)

When To Evaluate

Dyslexia is a neurological , language-based disorder that persists over time and interferes with learning. The impact to learning can be mild to severe. Early identification and intervention is key. Students may be assessed as early as kindergarten for traits associated with dyslexia.

Spelling and Dyslexia

Spelling is a challenge for people with dyslexia. The International Dyslexia Association provides a fact sheet explaining why people with dyslexia have trouble spelling, how to find out the reasons a particular child has this difficulty, and how to help children with dyslexia spell better.


How Teachers Can Build a Word Rich Life for Dyslexics

"Reading is harder and slower for dyslexic students. Consequently, they typically read less. If they are to keep up with their peers academically, then it is imperative to find additional ways to expose them to as many words and ideas as possible."

- Kyle Reford


Walk A Mile in My Shoes Event

Tuesday, Oct. 18th, 6:30pm

101 Farm to Market 685

Hutto, TX

Walk a mile in the shoes of a student with dyslexia. Through a hands on approach, guests are able to experience the difficulties students with dyslexia face in the learning enviroment.

Want to learn more?

The Hutto Middle School library has inventoried resources for teachers and parents to check out. These items can be requested and sent to your home campus for check out.