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Dyslexia Services

Dyslexia is defined as a learning disability that is neurological in origin, characterized by difficulties with accurate and fluent word recognition, poor spelling and decoding abilities that typically result from the phonological component of language. These characteristics are often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities.

The statement that dyslexia is neurological in origin implies that the problem is not simply one of poor instruction or effort on the part of the student. We know that individuals with dyslexia struggle to read despite adequate instruction and effort.

Dyslexia is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities.  Students with dyslexia are likely to perform poorly on measures of phonological processing, decoding nonwords, and developing an adequate pool of sight words.

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The Arkansas River Education Service Cooperative Dyslexia Support Services will provide dyslexia services and support in accordance with Act 1268 for the member districts that enter into agreement with ARESC as a member of the consortium. The support includes the following:

  • Dyslexia Screening/Evaluation
  • Intervention Services
  • Professional Development
Contact Information: 

Sandy Pitts                                                 
Literacy Specialist/Dyslexia Support 
sandy.pitts@aresc.k12.ar.us
870-730-2940

Dyslexia Interventionists 
870-730-2925

Vonda Taylor
taylorv@aresc.k12.ar.us

Jasmine Marks
marksj@aresc.k12.ar.us

Shannan Whitehurst
whitehursts@aresc.k12.ar.us