Addressing dyslexia early helps close achievement gap between dyslexic and typical readers

“According to the researchers, it is no longer acceptable to wait until a child is in third grade or later before making efforts to identify or address dyslexia. “These new data represent a paradigm shift in how dyslexia has been perceived up to now, with current emphasis often on reading by grade three,” said senior author Sally Shaywitz, M.D., the Audrey G. Ratner Professor of Pediatrics (Neurology) and Professor in the Yale Child Study Center “We now know that the achievement gap between typical and dyslexic readers is already present and large at first grade. Developmentally, we know that reading growth is greatest in the very first years of school. This mandates that the screening and identification of children with dyslexia occur early, even prior to first grade.”

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