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Mastery (Part 2)

Most dyslexic students can read to some degree. Some love to read, read a lot, and may comprehend relatively well. Almost always, though, they read slowly, have problems decoding new or unfamiliar words, and are poor spellers. And if they haven’t truly mastered reading to the level of their general mental ability, despite receiving appropriate instruction, then they should still be recognized as dyslexic, because they will struggle when they try to take the kinds of classes and read the kinds of materials that are appropriate for a person of their intelligence–particularly in higher education–or when they are faced with certain kinds of work tasks. So remember: it’s difficulty mastering reading skills that characterizes dyslexia, not total incapacity.

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