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What is Dyslexia?

Dys-lexia
  • dys—difficulty
  • lexia—with words

Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurobiological 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. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge. (Lyon, G.R., Shaywitz, S. E., Shaywitz, B.A. (2003). A definition of dyslexia. Annals of Dyslexia, 53, 1-14.)

Texas has special rules and policies regarding the identification and treatment of dyslexia. Download the Texas Education Agency (TEA) Dyslexia Handbook: English/Spanish
 
For additional information or questions, please contact Christee Jackson at christee.jackson@austin.utexas.edu.
 

Additional Resources:

5 Steps a Parent Can Take (Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity)
 
Visual Processing and Dyslexia:  Visual Motion Processing is Not a Cause of Dyslexia  (O. Olulade, E. Napoliello, and G. Eden (2013).Center for the study of learning: Georgetown University).