DeSoto ISD works diligently to provide an identification process, intervention, and appropriate instructional services for all students with dyslexia. We continually enhance our teacher training and instructional practices based on the latest research and legislation.

Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurological 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 the growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.

Vision Statement-
Our vision is to provide a dyslexia-friendly environment that enables dyslexic students to reach their full potential and give them the tools to support their needs.

Mission Statement-
The Dyslexia Program in DeSoto ISD, in partnership with parents, teachers, and administrators, will provide all students identified with dyslexia research-based instruction and academic support to prepare them to be successful, lifetime readers and writers.

What is dyslexia? - Kelli Sandman-Hurley

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Dyslexia affects up to 1 in 5 people, but the experience of dyslexia isn't always the same. This difficulty in processing language exists along a spectrum -- one that doesn't necessarily fit with labels like "normal" and "defective." Kelli Sandman-Hurley urges us to think again about dyslexic brain function and to celebrate the neurodiversity of the human brain.

Lesson by Kelli Sandman-Hurley, animation by Marc Christoforidis.

Helpful Links:
Academic Language Therapy Association (ALTA)
Bookshare (audiobooks)
Charles Schwab Foundation
International Dyslexia Association
Learning Ally (audiobooks)
National Center for Learning Disabilities
National Institutes of Child Health & Human Development
Texas Dyslexia Handbook
Texas Dyslexia Hotline
Texas Scottish Rite Hospital Luke Waites Child Development Center
The Center for Brain Health -Research in ADHD conducted by UTD