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Good and Poor Readers
Good and poor readers

Dyslexia is a word that is often used for poor reading ability. The word has its origins in Latin and Greek: “dys”, as in dysfunction, meaning “difficult”, and “lexis” meaning “speech” or “word”. Thus, it is a useful word for describing a very specific reading difficulty. Poor reading is too broad and too vague a term and could be reflective of a number of factors including those associated with poor environmental conditions such as malnutrition, disease, widespread illiteracy, or poor schooling and instruction. Dyslexia, on the other hand, is more limited and specific, and can be used to specify a reading disability associated with an inability to translate written language to speech. The dyslexic child may not learn ...

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