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.  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.  A secondary consequence may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede the growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.

Maine Law 20-A M.S.R. § 4701-B requires school administrative units to screen students in kindergarten through second grade who have difficulty in these areas:

A. Phonological and phonemic awareness;

B. Sound-symbol recognition;

C. Alphabet knowledge;

D. Decoding skills;

E. Rapid naming skills; and

F. Encoding skills.

The Maine Department of Education recommends universal screening for all students in kindergarten through second grade. The information collected through screening will assist teachers in planning and implementing appropriate instruction and intervention for all struggling readers, including those with the characteristics of dyslexia.

Dyslexia Coordinator- Tracy Whitlock, Education Specialist III-Special Projects  tracy.w.whitlock@maine.gov  207-624-6643

Resources for  Families, Parents & Professionals

5 Questions Parents & Educators Can Ask


Children's Dyslexia Centers 

Dyslexia Help

Florida Center for Reading Research

International Dyslexia Association

Learning Ally


nrrf.org (The National Right to Read Foundation)

Reading Rockets


The Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity

Professional Development & Other Resources 

Free Webinars

IDEA's Free Webinar Series

Books & Publications

Basic Facts About Assessment of Dyslexia - Susan C. Lowell

Basic Facts About Dyslexia & Other Reading Problems- Louisa Cook Moats & Karen E. Dakin

Equipped for Reading Success- David A. Kilpatrick, Ph.D.

Essentials of Dyslexia Assessment and Intervention- Nancy Mather

Essentials of Assessing, Preventing, and Overcoming Reading Difficulties- David A. Kilpatrick, Ph.D

Language at the Speed of Sight, Mark Seidenberg

Overcoming Dyslexia- Sally Shaywitz, M.D.

Reading in the Brain - Stanislas Dehaene