Dyslexia is a reading disorder that is characterized by struggles with accurate and/or fluent word recognition, poor spelling, and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language.
With dyslexia, the student has received adequate instruction – shows no processing issues or other academic struggles – but has significant difficulties in reading, writing, and spelling.
Reading difficulties experienced by a dyslexic student are unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction.
Students identified as having dyslexia typically experience primary difficulties in phonological awareness, including phonemic awareness and manipulation, single-word reading, reading fluency, and spelling. Consequences may include difficulties in reading comprehension and/or written expression.
Again, these difficulties in phonological awareness are unexpected for the student’s age and educational level. Additionally, there is often a family history of similar difficulties.
Primary Characteristics of Dyslexia
- Difficulty reading words in isolation
- Difficulty accurately decoding unfamiliar words
- Difficulty with oral reading (slow, inaccurate, or labored)
- Difficulty spelling
Diagnostic Learning Services offers specific evaluations to assess for dyslexia.
In addition, we will use the assessment information to makes relevant recommendations for both school and home.
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Diagnostic Learning Services has been assessing children and adults since 2004. We have locations in Plano, Fort Worth, Houston, The Woodlands, and Austin.
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