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Dyslexia Parent Information Meeting

October 23, 2017

ESC Region 12

2101 West Loop 340


***See attached pdf***

The mission of the China Spring ISD Dyslexia program is to promote early identification, provide specialized instruction by highly trained staff, and to empower students to embrace their talents and strengths.


      China Spring ISD Dyslexia Parent Handbook


If you have any questions, contact Jennifer Crook, the Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction, at or 254-836-1115.


What is dyslexia?


Dyslexia is defined as a specific learning disability that is characterized by difficulties in decoding, word recognition, and poor spelling. It may also include deficits in reading comprehension and writing. Generally, people with dyslexia have average to above average intelligence and can often do grade level work with the right accommodations. Dyslexics have a reputation for being bright, creative, and industrious. They typically have talents in other other areas such as math, art, music, and sports. In fact, some dyslexic students are also in gifted and Pre-AP programs.


Because reading is required in every subject, dyslexics often have difficulty demonstrating what they know about content areas. Accomodations allow students to demonstrate their knowledge in a subject.  


Website Resources


The National Center for Learning Disabilities

·         This website has a wealth of information from definitions of learning disabilites to blogs by people living with them. Many of the resources on this site also have a link to podcasts and webcasts so that you can watch or listen to the material--making it accessible to everyone regardless of your ability to read!


The International Dyslexia Association

·         This website has very easy to understand FAQs (frequently asked questions) about dyslexia, intervention, and related disorders.


The State Dyslexia Handbook, El Manual sobre la Dyslexia

ESC Region 10 Interactive Dyslexia Handbook

Education Service Center Region XII Dyslexia Webpage


Books About Dyslexia


  • Overcoming Dyslexia by Sally Shaywitz, MD.
  • Straight Talk about Reading by Louisa Moats
  • Parenting the Struggling Reader by Louisa Moats and Susan Hall
  • All Kinds of Minds by Mel Levine


Books for Talking to Your Child About Dyslexia


  • The Alphabet War by Diane Burton Robb
  • Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco
  • The Hank Zipzer series by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver (Hank is a 3rd-4th grade boy who struggles with dyslexia and ADHD. He has two faithful friends who help him out of the trouble he OFTEN finds himself in. The books are funny and chaotic, but the theme of acceptance of Hank the way he is runs through them.)