From the Article: “Elliott’s argument is that dyslexia is so misused it encompasses virtually any difficulty where there is a discrepancy between reading performance and IQ. Although the numbers involved have not been quantified, an estimated 5-10% of the population are classed as dyslexic.
But far from helping children, a dyslexia diagnosis could get in the way of the targeted support they need. By taking a wide range of difficulties under its umbrella, it makes it harder to find specific solutions for specific problems. The elevation of diagnosis into the key to unlocking extra help also disadvantages those who have not been diagnosed, but whose reading difficulties are just as severe.”
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My personal view: I disagree that dyslexia is a “meaningless” label and that it does more harm than good. However, I do agree with this one point: “Children who struggle to read should not need a diagnosis before they get help.”
–Rita W. El-Haddad