This toolkit helps parents and educators learn about dyslexia and how to support the literacy development of students with dyslexia.

You will learn:

  • Common dyslexia definitions.
  • The underlying causes of dyslexia.
  • The effects dyslexia may have on student literacy development.

This toolkit includes:

  • An Online Tutorial
  • Research Briefs & Infographics
  • Expert Advice
  • Tools & Resources

Online Tutorial

In this tutorial, you will learn about what dyslexia is, as well as typical causes and effects of dyslexia, all in an online experience. You can select the topic you want to learn more about, or you can go through the whole tutorial.

Research Briefs

Download and print these infographics with ideas linked to the tutorial to learn more about the underlying causes and effects of dyslexia.

Dyslexia is a brain-based learning disability that specifically impairs a person’s ability to read.

Audience: 
Schools & Districts
Topic: 
Dyslexia

Studies report fundamental differences in brain development and activation patterns between individuals with dyslexia and those without.

Audience: 
Schools & Districts
Topic: 
Dyslexia
Understanding Dyslexia: Myth vs. Facts

Breaking down the truth about Dyslexia.

Audience: 
Parents & Families, Schools & Districts
Topic: 
Dyslexia
Understanding Dyslexia:What are the Effects of Dyslexia

Signs of typical reading development and possible indicators of risk for dyslexia.

Audience: 
Parents & Families, Schools & Districts
Topic: 
Dyslexia
State Policy and Dyslexia

The characteristics of dyslexia legislation.

Audience: 
Schools & Districts
Topic: 
Dyslexia, Legislation

Ask the Experts

Find out what experts have to say about dyslexia.

Young Girl

Expert: Guinevere Eden Ph.D.

Audience: 
Parents & Families
Topic: 
Dyslexia
Glasses on Book

Expert: Susan Lowell

Audience: 
Parents & Families
Topic: 
Dyslexia, Legislation
Kid

Expert: Jack Fletcher, Ph.D.

Audience: 
Schools & Districts
Topic: 
Dyslexia, Interventions
Child

Expert: John Gabrieli Ph.D.

Audience: 
Parents & Families
Topic: 
Dyslexia

What is Dyslexia?

To better understand the experiences of students with dyslexia, and how we can support them, it is important to develop an understanding of what dyslexia is. Explore these resources to learn more about what dyslexia is.

International Dysleixa Association

IDA's definition of dyslexia.

Topic: Dyslexia

International Dysleixa Association

Basic facts about dyslexia and other reading problems.

Topic: Dyslexia

National Institute of Health: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

NIH's page on dyslexia including definition, treatment, and other information.

Topic: Dyslexia

Mayo Clinic

This webpage describes the Mayo Clinic's definition of dyslexia.

Topic: Dyslexia

Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services

Read a letter from OSEP describing the implications of federal law on disabilities for state policy and practice, especially concerning the identification and treatment of dyslexia.

Topic: Dyslexia

International Dysleixa Association

Read this webpage to learn common myths about dyslexia.

Topic: Dyslexia

National Center for Learning Disabilities

Here are give questions parents and educators can ask to clarify the terms: dyslexia, learning disabilities, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia.

Topic: Dyslexia, Reading Disabilities

What Causes Dyslexia?

Dyslexia is a brain-based learning disability that specifically impairs a person’s ability to read. Explore these resources to find out what research says about what causes and does not cause dyslexia.

Federation of Assocations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences

Learn common myths and facts about dyslexia by reading this document.

Topic: Dyslexia

American Academy of Pediatrics

Read this article to learn more about dyslexia.

Topic: Dyslexia

International Dysleixa Association

Read this webpage to learn more about common dyslexia myths.

Topic: Dyslexia

Reading Rockets

Read this webpage to learn about dyslexia and the brain.

Topic: Dyslexia

What are the Effects of Dyslexia?

Explore these resources to learn more about what the effects of dyslexia are, and ways to support students with dyslexia.

The Yale Center for Dyselxia & Creativity

Read this webpage to learn common signs of dyslexia in preschool children.

Topic: Dyslexia

The Yale Center for Dyselxia & Creativity

Read this webpage to learn common signs of dyslexia in Kindergarten and Grade 1 students.

Topic: Dyslexia

The Yale Center for Dyselxia & Creativity

Read this webpage to learn common signs of dyslexia in students in Grade 2 through 12.

Topic: Dyslexia

Reading Rockets

Read this webpage to learn how a family history of reading difficulties may predict risk of difficulties in children.

Topic: Dyslexia

Archive.org

Read this document for the Nelson Handbook of Pediatrics definition of dyslexia.

Topic: Dyslexia

Oregon Department of Education

Use this checklist to gather information about family history of reading difficulties.

Topic: Assessments, Screening, Dyslexia

Reading Rockets

This video from the Launching Young Readers series describes how parents can be empowered to get help and support their children in learning to read.

Topic: Advocacy, Dyslexia

Understood

Read this webpage to learn about Rapid Automized Naming (RAN) measures.

Topic: Assessments, Screening, Dyslexia


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