Parents Want District to Boost Dyslexia Services

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Families of dyslexic students are asking Pearland ISD leaders to offer more services to students that make up 20 percent of the population.

Parent Courtney Mellow said she struggled with administrators before finally having her son tested for dyslexia by an outside agency.

“Why would it take so long for Pearland ISD to help someone with this condition?” she asked the board last Monday. She left a higher paying job to be closer to home and take her son to tutoring services. “Many parents can’t do that,” she said. “We need all children with dyslexia to get help.”

Early identification is critical, she pointed out. “The longer we wait in our children’s education, the more profound the problem becomes,” she said.

Parent Dianne Collin asked that every teacher and every administrator go through a 2-hour training session that includes dyslexia. While her own campus principal is supportive of her family’s needs, not all schools are.

Another parent pointed out that the district’s GT Academy provides firsthand benefits for students, which represent 6 to 7 percent of the population. But the same services do not exist for dyslexic students, which make up 20 percent, she said.

Approximately 80 families are part of a group advocating for improved services for dyslexic students, as well as more awareness among teacher and administrators.

“Dyslexia is not just reversing letters,” she said. “It is an inherited condition that makes it extremely difficult to read and write in your native language despite at least average intelligence.”

Board President Rusty DeBorde said the district would do everything it can to look into concerns. He thanked the group for appearing before the board. “We’re thankful for parents like yourselves,” he said. “We really are.”

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