Effective Intervention for Dyslexia and Reading Disabilities

Effective Intervention for Dyslexia and Reading Disabilities

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1. Require by law annual universal screening of K-2 grade students. See Senate Bill (SB1174)

2. Require by law that each School District purchases an MSLE program for Tier 2 Intervention in K-2 and Tier 3 Intervention in Special Education K-12.

3. Require by law annual Teacher Training on dyslexia, its warning signs, and appropriate intervention strategies.  

4. Require by law that each California School District Employs a Certified Reading Specialist for their District

If children are not progressing in small group intervention they should be served one to one by an IDA approved Reading Specialist.

5. Require Universities to include within the teaching and special education programs courses on MSLE instruction and dyslexia.


The “First Step Act” signed into law by Pres. Trump Dec 21, 2018, public law 115-391. states "the term dyslexia means an unexpected difficulty in reading for an individual who has the intelligence to be a much better reader. Most commonly caused by a difficulty in the phonological processing, the appreciation of the individual sounds of spoken language, which affects the ability of an individual to speak, read, and spell."


According to the Legislative Analyst's Office | The California Legislature's Nonpartisan Fiscal and Policy Advisor, “About One in Eight California Students Receives Special Education Services. In 2017‑18, 12.5 percent of California public school students received special education...Compared to other California students, students with disabilities are disproportionately low income. They also are disproportionately African American, with African American students representing 6 percent of the overall student population but 9 percent of students with disabilities. The majority of students with disabilities have relatively mild conditions such as speech impairments and specific learning disorders (such as dyslexia).”  

 The California Department of Education reported that “Special education services were provided to 795,047 individuals, newborn through twenty-two years of age, in 2018–19.”  300, 295 enrolled with a “Specific learning disability.” Therefore, nearly 38% of students with disabilities in California qualify because of SLD (such as dyslexia or dyscalculia).


Currently, there is no mandatory universal screening for dyslexia, despite the fact that early intervention has been proven to be highly effective and recommended.  Many children aren't diagnosed until 3rd or 4th grade, but K-2 grade (or even earlier) is the best time to intervene.

Also, schools in California do not own multi-sensory, structured literacy programs for reading intervention even though a myriad of research has shown these to be extremely successful in teaching children with reading disabilities over the last 90 years.

Teachers in California receive no training in dyslexia.  They are not taught what it is, how to recognize the symptoms (there are many), or how to teach dyslexics in helpful ways.

School districts do not have a way to provide one to one intervention when needed because they do not systematically employ certified reading specialists.

See Decoding Dyslexia CA and International Dyslexia Association for resources and legislation information.

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