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New strategy needed for deaf children with reading difficulties

The Conversation (U.K.)

Research into dyslexia has focused exclusively on children and adults with normal hearing. However, many deaf children at school in the UK also have reading difficulties. A key challenge when trying to diagnose dyslexia in a deaf child is the lack of suitable tests. There is also little information about typical reading profiles of deaf children. How do you decide if a deaf child has dyslexia if you do not know what is typical for their age group? Research is beginning to address this area. Using deaf-friendly testing methods, a research team at City University London is collecting scores on reading and dyslexia-sensitive tests from a large sample of children born with severe-profound deafness.

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