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    WHAT IS DYSLEXIA?

    As defined in Texas Education Code §38.003. ... Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities.

  • Signs of Dyslexia:

    • Difficulty reading single words, such as a word on a flashcard
    • Difficulty learning the connection between letters and sounds
    • Confusing small words, such as at and to
    • Letter reversals, such as d for b
    • Word reversals, such as tip for pit
    • Frequently adds and/or forgets letters in a word
    • Remembering simple sequences, for example names of people, telephone numbers
    • Difficulty understanding rhyming words
    • Recognize words that begin with the same sound
    • Easily clap hands to the rhythm of a song
    • Show understanding of right-left, up-down, front-back
    • Sit still for a reasonable period of time
    • Have difficulty with handwriting
    • Other members of your family having similar problems
    • Dreads verbal instructions
    • Difficulty keeping place when reading

    Common Characteristics of Dyslexia Include:

    • Often gifted and creative
    • Difficulty rhyming words and sounds
    • Poor sequencing of numbers (12 for 21) and words (was for saw)
    • Poor spelling
    • Avoids reading aloud
    • Difficulty organizing ideas to speak or write
    • Avoids writing tasks
    • Left/right confusion
    • Slow to memorize alphabet and math facts
    • Reading comprehension difficulties
    • Trouble following oral instructions
    • Appearing restless or easily distracted

Meet Our Staff

 Erica Sapp

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Erica Sapp

My name is Erica Sapp and this is my 20th year in education and my 9th in Wills Point. I have a Masters of Education degree in Reading. I am a certified Reading Specialist and a Master Reading Teacher for Pre-K through 12th grades. This will be my 3rd year as a District Dyslexia Specialist. I have been trained in how to teach MTA and I have been trained on how to evaluate students for dyslexia.  I truly love my job and think it is a blessing to spend my days helping children overcome their reading challenges.

"Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid."

 Kaci Gibbons

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Kaci Gibbons

Hi there!  My name is Kaci Gibbons and I am starting my 11th year in education and my third year as a Dyslexia Specialist.  I am certified EC-4th, Special Education K-12, English as a Second Language K-12, Dyslexia Evaluator as well as trained in the Multi Sensory Teaching approach. I am passionate about dyslexia due to my personal involvement with in my family, having been on the teacher side and now on the specialist side.  Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns!  "Dyslexia is a small island of weakness surrounded by a sea of many strengths" Sally Shaywitz