Dyslexia means a disorder of constitutional origin manifest by a difficulty in learning to read, write, or spell, despite conventional instruction, adequate intelligence, and sociocultural opportunity; and, a Related Disorder includes disorders similar to or related to dyslexia, such as developmental auditory imperception, dysphasia, specific developmental dyslexia, developmental dysgraphia, and developmental spelling disability.

Dyslexia and related disorders are a language and learning based disability referring to a cluster of symptoms resulting in difficulties with language skill such as spelling, writing and speaking. These cluster of symptoms are often just referred to collectively as dyslexia. The exact causes for dyslexia are not completely clear. Studies have shown there are differences in the way the brain develops and functions in those impacted. It can occur among all groups regardless of age, race, gender, or income; and, research has established that dyslexia can run in families. Dyslexia disorders are not due to either lack of intelligence or the desire to learn. With appropriate strategies students with dyslexia can learn successfully. Dyslexia is not behavioral, psychological, motivational, or social, and it is a misconception that people with dyslexia see backward. Its impact can change at different stages in a person's life.

Ms. Andrea Crane, a Certified Academic Language Therapist, serves and supports Snyder ISD students districtwide as a Dyslexia Specialist. She is a proud alumna of Snyder High School, Texas Tech University, and of the Scottish Rite Dyslexia training program. Ms. Crane provides assessment and intervention for dyslexia directly, explicitly, and systematically, to teach an awareness of the sounds of language, letter-sound associations, vocabulary, and strategies for understanding written language.

Please visit the TEA website for more information on Dyslexia support.

For additional information about services related to dyslexia and related disorders, or for answers to any questions you might have about identification, evaluation and placement into special programs, please contact the Snyder ISD Special Services department. See below for contact details.