Department Contact:

Eboni Nix

(682) 867-4606


Felicia Scruggs

Dyslexia Instructional Specialist
(682) 867-1936

Laurie Lewis

Dyslexia Instructional Specialist
(682) 867-7414

Tracey Wittmayer

Dyslexia Instructional Specialist
(682) 867-1937

Barbara Thomas

Section 504/Dyslexia Secretary
(682) 867-7465

Welcome to Dyslexia Services

Arlington ISD Dyslexia Services follow guidelines set by Texas Education Agency to identify, evaluate and provide services for students with dyslexia and related disorders.  We provide students with the appropriate interventions and supports to ensure they receive the educational opportunities they deserve.

What is Dyslexia?

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.

Adopted by the International Dyslexia Association Board of Directors, November 12, 2002

What are some characteristics of Dyslexia?

A child with dyslexia may have difficulty with

  • Difficulty reading words in isolation
  • Difficulty accurately decoding unfamiliar words
  • Difficulty with oral reading (slow, inaccurate, or labored without prosody)
  • Difficulty spelling
  • Segmenting, blending, and manipulating sounds in words (phonemic awareness)
  • Learning the name of letters and their associated sounds
  • Holding information about sounds and words in memory (phonological memory)
  • Rapidly recalling the names of familiar objects, colors, or letters of the alphabet (rapid naming)

Remember that students display differences in degree of impairment and may not exhibit all the characteristic listed above.

Dyslexia looks different for every child!