Dyslexic or Dumb

April 8th, 2009 by admin

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Tens of thousands of pupils in the UK are being falsely diagnosed with dyslexia because parents and schools failed to teach them to read properly, according to a leading academic.

Professor Joe Elliott, of Durham University, said parents whose children have trouble with reading often push for the dyslexic ‘label’ simply to secure extra help for them.

But in fact there are many children who simply struggle to read and require help at an early age.

He voiced his concerns as figures suggested a steep rise in the number of children being termed dyslexic.

Professor Elliot said that around one in ten children – more than a million – are now diagnosed with the condition, up from barely any two decades ago.

Source: DailyMail.com

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