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There is some early indications that a highly effective intervention provided early on can result in the ability to read not only accurately but fluently (rapidly) as well. There are no follow-up data on these children, nor are there, to my knowledge, data indicating that later remediations are producing fluent readers.

So, while the hope is there that early remediation will produce fluent readers, the evidence is still coming in. At this time, children who are dyslexic will generally require extra time and other accommodations as they go through school, including postsecondary. Accommodations such as extra time are vital to allowing a bright dyslexic child demonstrate their knowledge and not be penalized by slow reading.

In the future, children who are receiving new, scientifically-based effective, reading interventions, may become fluent readers and not require additional time and other accommodations. That is the hope —but we are still gathering the evidence.

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