Dyslexia Services

What is Dyslexia?

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. –International Dyslexia Association

Dyslexia means a disorder of constitutional origin manifested by a difficulty in learning to read, write, or spell despite conventional instruction, adequate intelligence and sociocultural opportunity.

How does Jim Ned CISD diagnose dyslexia?

Dyslexia identification involves a lengthy process. An early reading dyslexia screener will be administered in K, 1 & 2 and another screener in 7th grade for those students who did not pass the 6th grade state assessment. If despite conventional instruction, adequate intelligence, and sociocultural opportunity, a student still struggles to read, the district will review interventions which have been tried. If testing seems appropriate, the district or the parent may request a full individual initial evaluation. The parent must make a formal request in writing at the campus for evaluation. The counselor obtains permission to test in writing, and the parents are advised of their rights. Then, background data is gathered including vision and hearing screenings, teacher reports or classroom concerns and interventions attempted, academic progress reports, samples of school work, progress monitoring results, previous testing completed including state and standardized testing, and attendance records. Parents are asked to provide information about their child and their concerns. Once a history of reading problems is established, a formal assessment is conducted. A battery of tests are given following TEA guidelines for specific domains to be tested.  Once the evaluation is completed, the ARD Committee meets to determine if the student should be identified as dyslexic and whether the student is in need of specially designed instruction, intervention, and/or accommodations. JNCISD strongly encourages attendance at ARD meetings.

What does Jim Ned CISD do to help the dyslexic student?

Students can be assessed for reading difficulties at any point in their school career. Jim Ned CISD provides:

  • Dyslexia intervention
  • Classroom accommodations
  • Allowable STAAR accommodations
  • Yearly meetings with parents, administrators, and teachers.
  • Easy monitoring of student grades through computerized Parent Portal as well as direct access to all teachers through email.

What can parents do to help their dyslexic child?

  • Parental support greatly affects the achievement of the student.
  • Explain your child’s learning differences to him and answer his questions.
  • Set high standards and attainable goals.
  • TALK to your child. These children often learn the best orally, so introduce all the vocabulary and learning situations you can.
  • READ to your child and with your child.
  • Focus on your child’s strengths and abilities. Encourage hobbies, interest, and talents.
  • Set a study schedule at home. Your child may need homework support from YOU. Plus, they may need extra time each evening to complete assignments.
  • Keep in contact with your student’s teachers (Email is preferred)


Helpful Resources

2021 Dyslexia Handbook (English)
Spanish version not released by TEA to date


Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC)


The Dyslexia Handbook 2021 Update Flyer – English


The Dyslexia Handbook 2021 Update Flyer – Spanish


Texas Education Agency, SPEDTex Parent Resources


Texas Education Agency, Dyslexia Fact Sheet (English)


Texas Education Agency, Dyslexia Fact Sheet (Spanish)


Texas Education Agency, IDEA Fact Sheet (English)


Texas Education Agency, IDEA Fact Sheet (Spanish)


Appendix A – Dyslexia Handbook FAQ (Updated March 18, 2022) - English
Spanish version not released by TEA to date

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