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What are the symptoms of reading disorders?

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Different people with reading disabilities have different combinations of symptoms and different areas of difficulty with reading.

The International Dyslexia Association lists the symptoms of dyslexia External Web Site Policy in people of different age groups. This list includes many different symptoms of reading disorders, such as problems with word decoding (sounding out words), comprehension, pronunciation, and fluency.

Symptoms can include:

  • Problems sounding out words
  • Difficulty recognizing known words
  • Poor spelling
  • Slow reading
  • Problems reading out loud with correct expression
  • Problems understanding what was just read

Last Updated Date: 11/30/2012
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