For Educators


The Reading Rope

We believe that teaching children correctly from the beginning ensures success and prevents them from having to make up for lost time in their academic journey. The connection between early language development and later literacy can be tricky, but at Dyslexia School of Houston we utilize what is called the “Reading Rope” created by Dr. Hollis Scarborough, senior scientist at Haskins Laboratories and a leading researcher of language development.

The Reading Rope consists of lower and upper strands. The word-recognition strands (phonological awareness, decoding, and sight recognition of familiar words) work together as the reader becomes increasingly more accurate and fluent. Simultaneously, the language-comprehension strands (background knowledge, vocabulary, language structures, verbal reasoning, and literacy knowledge) strengthen one another and then weave together with the word-recognition strands to produce a skilled reader. However, this doesn’t happen overnight - it requires lots of practice and instruction!

Teachers and educators can utilize this graphic to gain a better understanding of students who face literary challenges or for students who want to become better readers in general. View and download the infographic for your classroom here:

Being properly aware of the common risk factors for dyslexia and/or learning challenges in your classroom can help ensure academic success for your students. Common risk factors for Dyslexia include:

Preschool - Third Grade:

  • Failure to understand that words are made up of parts or individual sounds

  • Difficulty learning the letter names and their corresponding sounds

  • Difficulty reading fluently

  • Difficulty spelling phonetically

Fourth Grade - High School

  • History of reading and spelling difficulties

  • Difficulty reading aloud

  • Avoids reading for pleasure

  • Difficulty learning a foreign language


  • Difficulty with spoken vocabulary

  • Difficulty completing the reading

  • Demands for multiple course requirements

The best intervention into the first good instruction is a knowledgeable teacher. Learn more about getting into contact with Dyslexia School of Houston here.