Dyslexia Awareness Month

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month

Dyslexia is distinguished from other learning disabilities due to its weakness occurring at the phonological level. Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurobiological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge. Visit the VDOE Dyslexia Homepage for amazing resources and supports. 

Specific Learning Disability Supplementary Guide on Dyslexia:  Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)

Reading Rockets

The Office of Special Education and The Parent Resource Center Is Hosting Dyslexia Awareness.

This session provides an overview of the characteristics of Dyslexia and those learners impacted. Additionally, we will be discussing applicable intensive reading strategies and/or programs supported through the Prince William County School Division. These reading strategies and programs utilize multi-sensory research-based techniques to address the needs of students with learning disabilities. The parent will come away with an understanding of the Phonological Awareness Literacy Screener (PALS) and guidance about when to share concerns. This presentation will provide resources parents can access to further the support for their student. There will be time at the end of the session for questions and answers.

Rebecca Yellets has special education experience as a classroom teacher, curriculum specialist, director, and supervisor. Her area of expertise is the use of multi-sensory approaches to address struggling learners and those students with dyslexia and other disabilities.

Elizabeth Davis has experience as a classroom teacher, reading specialist, curriculum specialist, building administrator, dyslexia advisor, and supervisor.

Rhonda Tabor has experience as a parent of a child with a learning disability, rehabilitation services manager, early intervention service coordinator, Medicaid Waiver case manager, Special Olympic coach, and parent resource specialist.

  • When: Thursday, October 21, 2021
  • Where: In-person at the Kelly Leadership Center - Room 2011 (10:15 - 11:15 a.m.)
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  • Where: In-person at the Kelly Leadership Center - Room 2011 (12 - 1 p.m.)
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  • Where: Virtual Via Zoom. (6:30 - 7:30 p.m.)
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