Monday, May 6th, 2013
New Dyslexia Bill signed into law in Arkansas. Good. And somehow, as handfuls of state legislatures have already passed or are considering passage of similar bills to ensure better and earlier screening, the DSM-5 (the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual), due to come out soon, is apparently eliminating the term dyslexia. It will instead keep the more generic term “specific learning disability.” Sigh. One step forward, one step back.
The Arkansas bill requires screening for dyslexia and related disorders in public school students in kindergarten through second grade, and then the schools would have intervention and treatment options for those students.