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I have an 8-year old son who is in second grade. He is really struggling with reading. He gets extra help at school and we have had him privately tutored, but we are not seeing any progress. Should a child with dyslexia should be held back in school?

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The evidence suggests that simply holding a child back is not helpful. If a child is falling behind, he needs hel — he requires reading instruction that is proven to be effective and it needs to be delivered to him intensely (small group) and frequently (60-90 minutes/daily). Of course, progress should be frequently and consistently monitored.

Repetition of the same program that failed him in one year will not likely do any better a second time around. You must ensure that he is tested and receives reading intervention that is proven to be effective and he receives it intensively and frequently.

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