Reading disabilities: Overview

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A reading disability is when a child has significant challenges with reading. Learn about reading disabilities, their symptoms, and how they are diagnosed and treated.

Key points

  • Reading disabilities are learning disabilities that can include problems with phonological processing, reading fluency or speed, and reading comprehension.
  • Children who are diagnosed with a reading disability often show early signs of speech and language difficulties.
  • Reading disabilities are often diagnosed with a psychoeducational assessment.
  • Reading disabilities can lead to problems with spelling and limit a child’s vocabulary.
Last updated: March 3rd 2020