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Dyslexia and Reading Disabilities


Special Education Law: Dyslexia and Reading Disabilities

Developmental reading disorder, also called dyslexia, is a reading disability that occurs when the brain does not properly recognize and process certain symbols. The disorder is a specific information processing problem that does not interfere with one’s ability to think or to understand complex ideas. Most people with dyslexia have normal intelligence, and many have above average intelligence.

Symptoms of Dyslexiaboy behind a desk

A person with dyslexia may have trouble rhyming and separating sounds that make up spoken words. These abilities appear to be critical in the process of learning to read. A child’s initial reading skills are based on word recognition, which involves being able to separate the sounds in words and to match them with letters and groups of letters. Because people with reading disorders have difficulty connecting the sounds of language to the letters of words, they may have difficulty understanding sentences.

In general, symptoms of reading disorders may include:

  • Difficulty determining the meaning (idea content) of a simple sentence
  • Difficulty learning to recognize written words
  • Difficulty rhyming

Dyslexia may occur in combination with writing or math learning problems.

Helping Children with Dyslexia Learn to Read

Every child with dyslexia requires an individualized strategy to help him learn. An individual education plan (“IEP”) should be created for each child diagnosed with dyslexia, with services that often include:

  • Extra learning assistance, called remedial instruction
  • Private, individual tutoring
  • Special day classes

Positive reinforcement is important as many children with learning disabilities have poor self-esteem.

Knowledgeable and experienced school lawyers

We have experience advocating for appropriate placements and services for children with Dyslexia and Reading Disabilities. If you need help advocating for your child, please contact us. We understand the steps that are necessary to get your child the free appropriate public education he or she is legally entitled to receive.

We know the importance of your child’s education and we appreciate your confidence when you choose us to help protect your child’s rights. It will always be our goal to provide effective and efficient legal representation in a highly responsive manner to improve your child’s education.