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504/Dyslexia Services

Dyslexia Referral/Identification

Under the new TEA Guidelines, a student should be referred for a Full Individual Initial Evaluation (FIIE) as required by state and federal law if a need for special education services is suspected, in addition to suspicion of the presence of dyslexia. Once a student is referred for a Full Individual Initial Evaluation (FIIE), the student will complete a series of diagnostic tests with one of our diagnosticians. Following the series of tests, the Admission, Review, and Dismissal (ARD) Committee will determine if special education or 504 services are needed in order for the student to be successful. 

 If you have any questions, please call Melissa Wolfe at 972-435-1080.

What Is Dyslexia?

The Texas Education Code defines dyslexia in the following way: Dyslexia means a disorder of constitutional origin manifested by a difficulty in learning to read, write, or spell, despite conventional instruction, adequate intelligence, and sociocultural opportunity.

Maypearl ISD Dyslexia Services

Students in Maypearl ISD who qualify for dyslexia services are on either active or monitor status depending on decisions made in their 504 or IEP meeting. If a student is an active dyslexia student, they receive direct instruction 4-5 days per week from one of our dyslexia specialists. If a student is a monitor dyslexia student, they receive consult check-ins with one of our dyslexia specialists who will review grades with them and discuss any areas of strength or weakness. 

Active dyslexia students who receive direct instruction from our dyslexia specialists are trained in a program called MTA, or Multisensory Teaching Approach. Multisensory Teaching Approach is a program for the remediation of dyslexia and other reading disabilities. It follows research begun at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital in 1965 by Aylett R. Cox and Dr. Lucius Waites as they developed the Alphabetic Phonics program. This program is an Orton-Gillingham multisensory approach to teaching reading that combines visual, auditory and kinesthetic (or muscle) instruction as it address reading, handwriting, and spelling. 

If you have any questions regarding dyslexia services, please contact our Dyslexia Coordinator, Heather Dickinson at

What is Dyslexia? (YouTube Video)

Dyslexia Handbook (TEA) - Updated 2021

English Flyer - Dyslexia Handbook Important Changes

Spanish Flyer - Dyslexia Handbook Important Changes

Texas Education Agency: Dyslexia & Related Disorders Page

Dyslexia Fact Sheet

What is Dyslexia -

Resources for Dyslexia at Home

Learning Ally - Audiobook Resource

Please contact Heather Dickinson at if your child needs log-in information. 

Android Apps for Dyslexia

Apple Apps for Dyslexia