Dyslexia is a language based learning difference that causes a cluster of symptoms, most commonly difficulty learning to read. It can also impact ability to speak, write and memorize math facts.

Dyslexia Basics- What is Dyslexia?

  • This article by the International Dyslexia Association offers a detailed explanation.
  • This video is also helpful in understanding dyslexia.

Support for Students with Dyslexia

Dyslexia is one of the most common learning differences we encounter. Reading is a developmental skill - like talking and walking - which is mastered over many years. Some students’ reading skills are slower to develop, but they mature into proficient readers. Often we recognize a problem when a very bright student is struggling to learn to read, even with additional support. At MCDS, the Student Support Services department along with the classroom teacher keeps very close tabs on students as they learn to read and makes every effort to encourage early intervention and diagnosis if dyslexia is suspected. In K - 4, Learning specialists teach small reading groups in the general classroom as a first step. If the team is still concerned about lack of progress more support is often recommended. Parents are encouraged to share observations from home and past history, especially if there is a family history of dyslexia. Accommodations are given to students with dyslexia as needed.