Through screening and dyslexia intervention, learning disabled children are getting the help the need to achieve their full potential.
In Arkansas, dyslexia screening became law this year. School districts are required to test students in grades K-2 and any student who exhibits dyslexia indicators. Districts are also required to have at least one dyslexia trained interventionist on staff.
Not much is expected to change this year, as most schools already use the Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS), or an equivalent screener and already provide services to students who show warning signs.
One in five children is affected by dyslexia, according to the National Institute of Health.
Students with dyslexia at the elementary level might reverse letters and numbers, have difficulty writing, have difficulty reading or writing cursive, and may read aloud slowly. They may also find that it is difficult to find the right word when speaking.