The FCPS online dyslexia handbook provides information and resources to FCPS schools and families alike as they support students with dyslexia. The handbook reflects a division-wide commitment to ensure that these students’ needs are met as a result of collective responsibility and collaboration across general and special education contexts.
The handbook itself is organized to reflect dyslexia at three levels:
Throughout this handbook, the term “students with dyslexia” has been used in lieu of the term, “dyslexic.” The decision to use person-first language is to serve as a constant reminder that these students are more than their dyslexia (National Center on Disability and Journalism, 2017, retrieved from http://ncdj.org/style-guide/ on 3/7/17).
Defining students as dyslexic prevents us from crafting a fuller profile of them as students who struggle with decoding and spelling and do well in many other academic and nonacademic pursuits.
Definition and Continuum of Dyslexia
Characteristics and Signs of Dyslexia
Core Instruction for Students with Dyslexia
Responsive Instruction for Students with Dyslexia
Accommodations for Students with Dyslexia
Continuum of Assessments for Reading Difficulties
504 Plans for Students with Dyslexia
Assistive Technology for Students with Dyslexia
Interventions and Specialized Reading Programs
Special Education Services for Students with Dyslexia
English Learners and Dyslexia
Twice Exceptionality and Dyslexia
Common Co-Existing Conditions with Dyslexia
Families and Schools as Partners
Social Emotional Impacts of Dyslexia
Signs of Dyslexia
Family Guide to Dyslexia: Elementary Schools
Family Guide to Dyslexia: Secondary Schools
students with dyslexia may demonstrate unexpected social and emotional challenges that stem from reading and writing difficulties. Turn to your child’s school for support. Together, you can develop a plan to address and monitor your child’s needs. If your child currently receives special education services, please consult with your child’s IEP team.
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