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Dyslexia is a brain-based learning disability that specifically impairs a person’s ability to read. For individuals with dyslexia, specific portions of the brain typically associated with important reading processes may not function in the same ways that they do in individuals without dyslexia. Individuals with dyslexia often have difficulty with phonological processing, spelling, or rapid visual-verbal responding. Importantly, dyslexia is related to reading difficulties, not difficulties that arise from intellectual functioning.

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Dyslexia

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A brain-based learning disability that specifically impairs a person's ability to read.

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The Center on Instruction

This toolkit provides activities and resources to assist practitioners in designing and delivering intensive interventions in reading and mathematics for K-12 students with significant learning difficulties and disabilities. It is based on the Center on Instruction's Intensive Interventions for Students Struggling in Reading and Mathematics: A Practice Guide.

Topic: Dyslexia, Interventions, Reading Disabilities

National Center on Intensive Interventions

View an example of how standards-aligned instruction for decoding can be taught across the continuum of the MTSS framework.

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