Dyslexia Therapists and Practitioners

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Health Professions Transition FAQs

1. When did the transfer happen?
The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) assumed all activities relating to the Dyslexia Therapists and Practitioners program including licenses and renewals, customer service and enforcement on October 3, 2016.

2. Now that the transfer is complete, will I need to get a new license issued by TDLR?
No. The license you have now issued by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) remains valid until its expiration date. When you renew, you will receive a TDLR license.

3. Have the rules changed?
Yes, TDLR adopted rules for all of the transferred programs. Most of the newly adopted rules are very similar, but some changes have been made. The TDLR health profession rules became effective on October 1, 2016. View the rule changes and links to the TDLR rules

4. What is going to happen with open complaints and cases?
If you filed a complaint with DSHS or had a complaint filed against your license and it was not resolved by the transfer date, TDLR assumed responsibility for the case. You should have already received notification by mail that your complaint was transferred to TDLR.

5. How do I stay informed about changes impacting me?
You have several options to stay connected:

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6. Why was my license expiration date extended? Will I have the same expiration date in the future?
To ease the transition, DSHS extended the expiration date by two months for licenses previously set to expire in August, September, and October 2016. For example, if your original expiration date was September 30, your new expiration date is November 30. If your license was extended, you will continue to renew your license in the new expiration month in the future.

7. Will I have to renew on a different schedule?
You will renew on the same schedule unless your license expired in August, September or October 2016. Licenses expiring in those months were extended for two months to ease the transition from DSHS to TDLR. If your license was extended, you will now renew in your new expiration month for future renewals. Your license expiration date will not return to your original expiration month.

8. Why were licensing programs transferred from DSHS to TDLR?
The transfer is the result of a change to Texas law. In 2015, the Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 202, which transferred several licensing programs from the DSHS to TDLR.

Repeal of Chapter 146 administrative rules

JUSTIFICATION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE RULE ADOPTION

General Provisions for Licensed Dyslexia Therapists and Licensed Dyslexia Practitioners Program

16 TAC Chapter 146, repeal of Subchapter K, §§146.575 - 146.596

The Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation (Commission) adopts the repeal of current rules at 16 Texas Administrative Code (TAC), Chapter 146, Subchapter K, §§146.575 - 146.596, regarding the Licensed Dyslexia Therapists and Licensed Dyslexia Practitioners program, without changes to the proposed text as published in the October 21, 2016, issue of the Texas Register (41 TexReg 8248). The repeal will not be republished.

The Texas Legislature enacted Senate Bill 202 (S.B. 202), 84th Legislature, Regular Session (2015), which in part, transferred 13 occupational licensing programs in two phases from the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation (Commission) and the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (Department). Under Phase 1, the following seven programs were transferred from DSHS to the Commission and the Department: (1) Midwives, Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 203; (2) Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists, Chapter 401; (3) Hearing Instrument Fitters and Dispensers, Chapter 402; (4) Licensed Dyslexia Practitioners and Licensed Dyslexia Therapists, Chapter 403; (5) Athletic Trainers, Chapter 451; (6) Orthotists and Prosthetists, Chapter 605; and (7) Dietitians, Chapter 701. The statutory amendments transferring regulation of these seven Phase 1 programs from DSHS to the Commission and the Department took effect on September 1, 2015.

On March 9, 2016, the Commission adopted its own set of rules for the Licensed Dyslexia Therapists and Licensed Dyslexia Practitioners program located at 16 TAC Chapter 120. Part of the Commission’s rules were effective April 15, 2016, and the remaining sections were effective October 1, 2016. (41 TexReg 2476). The Department officially commenced all regulatory functions for the Licensed Dyslexia Therapists and Licensed Dyslexia Practitioners program on October 3, 2016.

The current 16 TAC Chapter 146 rules were transferred from DSHS to be repealed to eliminate industry and public confusion. (41 TexReg 7585). These rules were formerly located at 25 TAC Chapter 140. The adopted repeal is necessary to complete the implementation of S.B. 202.

The adopted repeal of Subchapter K, §§146.575 - 146.596 eliminates industry and public confusion by removing duplicate and obsolete rules for the Licensed Dyslexia Therapists and Licensed Dyslexia Practitioners program.

The Department drafted and distributed the proposed repeal to persons internal and external to the agency. The proposed repeal was published in the October 21, 2016, issue of the Texas Register (41 TexReg 8248). The deadline for public comments was November 21, 2016. The Department did not receive any comments on the proposed repeal during the 30-day public comment period.

At its meeting on January 27, 2017, the Commission adopted the proposed repeal.

The repeal is adopted under Texas Occupations Code, Chapters 51 and 403, which authorize the Commission, the Department’s governing body, to adopt rules as necessary to implement these chapters and any other law establishing a program regulated by the Department.

The statutory provisions affected by the adoption are those set forth in Texas Occupations Code, Chapters 51 and 403. No other statutes, articles, or codes are affected by the adoption.

[Subchapter K. Dyslexia Therapists and Dyslexia Practitioners.]

[§146.575. Introduction.]

[§146.576. Definitions.]

[§146.577. Fees.]

[§146.578. Petition for Rulemaking.]

[§146.579. Dyslexia Licensing Advisory Committee.]

[§146.580. Application Requirements and Procedures.]

[§146.581. Application Processing.]

[§146.582. Qualifications for Licensure as a Dyslexia Therapist.]

[§146.583. Qualifications for Licensure as a Dyslexia Practitioner.]

[§146.584. Requirements for Training Programs and Qualified Instructors.]

[§146.585. Examination for Licensure.]

[§146.586. Code of Ethics; Duties and Responsibilities of License Holders.]

[§146.587. Renewal of License.]

[§146.588. Changes of Name or Address.]

[§146.589. Continuing Education Requirements.]

[§146.590. Filing Complaints and Complaint Investigations.]

[§146.591. Disciplinary Action.]

[§146.592. Informal Disposition.]

[§146.593. Formal Hearings.]

[§146.594. Schedule of Sanctions.]

[§146.595. Licensing of Persons with Criminal Backgrounds.]

[§146.596. Licensing of Military Service Members, Military Veterans, and Military Spouses.]

This agency hereby certifies that the adoption has been reviewed by legal counsel and found to be a valid exercise of the agency's legal authority.

Filed with the Office of the Secretary of State, on February 7, 2017.

Brian E. Francis
Executive Director
Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation


The Dyslexia Therapists and Practitioners program licenses and regulates licensed dyslexia therapists and licensed dyslexia practitioners. 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.

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.

Dyslexia is a specific learning disability caused by the brain’s inability to recognize words, letters, symbols, and/or sounds. These difficulties can cause repeated spelling errors, reading problems, and trouble sounding out words. People with dyslexia often have trouble linking letter symbols to sounds.

FOR MORE INFORMATION - Send an email to cs.dyslexia@tdlr.texas.gov or call (800) 803-9202 or (512) 463-6599.