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Waller ISD Holds Dyslexia Awareness Meeting

Photo of Dyslexia Meeting

On Nov. 13 Waller ISD (WISD) held a Dyslexia Awareness Meeting that was open for families and community members to attend to help raise awareness about dyslexia and help the community understand what it is, truths and myths, and share how the district can help students.

Dyslexia is a common condition that makes make reading and interpreting letters and symbols difficult. While dyslexia does not affect a person’s intelligence, if not identified early, it can delay learning simply because a person with dyslexia interprets data differently than most. As much as 15-20 percent of the United States populations is dyslexic and it occurs in all kinds of people.

House Bill 1886 requires public school districts to screen all kindergarten and first-grade students for dyslexia in order to identify students who may be at risk so that appropriate research-based support can be provided early. All WISD campuses are home to dyslexia specialists who work daily with children who are at risk or diagnosed with dyslexia.

“Our team works hard to identify kids who may have a problem and help them as quickly as possible,” WISD Assistant Director of Curriculum and Instruction Toni Misak said.

Weekly dyslexia interventions are provided to students who need them. Some strategies that may benefit dyslexic learners include games, journals, movement, music, technology and more. In addition to interventions, WISD helps students use Learning Ally to advance their skills. Learning Ally is a national nonprofit that helps learner at home and in the classroom by providing access to read easier via methods such as audio books. Technology tools can also make a major impact. Free helpful apps include MindMeister, Google Play Books, Dragon Dictation, Photomath.net, Quizlet, and more.

For questions about WISD’s dyslexia awareness, contact WISD Lead Bilingual Dyslexia Specialist Sherry Keys at skeys@wallerisd.net

Dyslexia Awareness Meeting Presentation