Dyslexia is the most common reading disability affecting 1 in 5 students in classrooms, yet it is often unidentified and misdiagnosed. We have a wonderful network of teachers who are part of the Decoding Dyslexia Idaho team. Together we will help to answer questions you may have about dyslexia, discuss best practices to identify dyslexia in your classroom, and offer tips, tools, and strategies to guide you in bringing new life to reading solutions within your classroom.
WHAT DOES DYSLEXIA LOOK LIKE?
Students with dyslexia are smart and many can be identified as twice exceptional. There is often a family history of siblings, parents, aunts/uncles or grandparents who struggled in school. Students with dyslexia often have difficulty reading single words in isolation, accurately decoding nonsense words, slow inaccurate reading fluency, and difficulty with learning to spell. In the classroom, to a teacher who may not yet be aware of dyslexia signs, the student may be considered "lazy" or "not trying hard enough". Here are some common signs you may see in the classroom in early education:
difficulty with days of the week or month
difficulty with the alphabet
trouble with rhyming words like cat, mat and bat
substitutes a word for another; puppy for dog
problems following directions
HOW CAN YOU LEARN MORE?
We know your time in the classroom is limited. We have compiled a list of books, articles, and websites great for educators. Please visit our Resources page to learn more.
What to Read First
Essentials of Assessment and Intervention
Nancy Mather & Barbara Wendling
Practical e step-by-step information on accurately identifying, assessing, and using evidence-based interventions with individuals with dyslexia. Addressing the components that need to be considered in the assessment of both cognitive and academic. Includes descriptions of the various tests used in a comprehensive dyslexia assessment along with detailed, evidence-based interventions that professionals and parents can use to help individuals struggling with dyslexia.
Overcoming Dyslexia: A New and Complete Science-Based Program for Reading Problems at Any Level
Sally Shaywitz, M.D.
A great book that explains what dyslexia is and gives parents tools for helping their children become fluent readers. One of the most helpful and informative books that many parents read early in their journey that really opened their eyes and pointed them in the right direction to seek the help their kids needed.