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The Arkansas River Education Service Cooperative Dyslexia Support Services Team will provide dyslexia services and support in accordance with Act 1268 of 2015 for member districts that enter into agreement with ARESC as a member of this consortium.  The support for the 2019/2020 fiscal year will include the following assurances:


  • Dyslexia Screening / Evaluation

  • Intervention Service

  • Professional Development


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. Arkansas River does not provide testing nor services to the public. All services and support are provided through the local school district.  Arkansas River personnel can not diagnose dyslexia. 

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912 West 6th Avenue    Pine Bluff, AR 71601