Information for Families
This page has been created for families, and the content and topics has been curated by families. Check out the resources we have for you in building a better understanding of dyslexia and how you can support your child(ren).
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. [Adopted by the IDA Board of Directors, Nov. 12, 2002]
What are some typical signs and symptoms of dyslexia?
Sally Shaywitz of the The Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity said: "Dyslexia is an island of weakness surrounded by a sea of strengths." Overcoming Dyslexia, 2003. We must bolster a child's confidence by focusing on the many strengths they have while simultaneously ensuring high quality instruction addresses their reading needs.
According to research, nearly 50% of the population with Dyslexia will experience other Specific Learning Difficulties (SLD) or social emotional challenges. These difficulties are said to “overlap,” “co-exist,” or “co-occur” with dyslexia.
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How can you help your child at home? Check out this helpful list from the Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity
Community Advocacy - Below is a short list of partners where you can connect with our dyslexia community.
- PPS Dyslexia Advocacy Group, A coalition of PPS parents, teachers, and community members advocating for students with dyslexia: To join, email email@example.com
- You can also join the facebook page - www.facebook.com/groups/ppsdyslexia
- Decoding Dyslexia Oregon: www.decodingdyslexiaor.org
- Oregon Branch of the International Dyslexia Association: or.dyslexiaida.org