Dyslexia Therapist and Dyslexia Practitioner Licensing Program About the Profession - Scope of Practice

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) administers the Dyslexia Therapist and Dyslexia Practitioner Licensing Program, established by Occupations Code, Chapter 403. Licensed dyslexia therapists and licensed dyslexia practitioners are dyslexia educators in Texas that have met the minimum amount of coursework, clinical experience, demonstration lessons, and required examinations for each title. A license is required to use the titles “Licensed Dyslexia Therapist” and “Licensed Dyslexia Practitioner”. Please note that the licensing law does not require a school district to employ a licensed individual. This is a voluntary licensure program, and educators may continue to provide services to those with dyslexia without being licensed. DSHS encourages all qualified individuals to pursue and maintain state licensure.

Scope of Practice

Licensed dyslexia therapists and licensed dyslexia practitioners are authorized to provide multisensory structured language education. Multisensory structured language education is a program described by the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC) for the treatment of individuals with dyslexia and related disorders that provides instruction in the skills of reading, writing, and spelling:

(A) through program content that includes:

(i) phonology and phonological awareness;
(ii) sound and symbol association;
(iii) syllables;
(iv) morphology;
(v) syntax; and
(vi) semantics; and

(B) following principles of instruction that include:

(i) simultaneous multisensory instruction, including visual-auditory-kinesthetic-tactile instruction;
(ii) systematic and cumulative instruction;
(iii) explicit instruction;
(iv) diagnostic teaching to automaticity; and
(v) synthetic and analytic instruction.

Last updated May 21, 2015