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What? A Cop Out?! April 8, 2009

Posted by gregquill in Uncategorized.
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‘Dyslexic children simply struggle to read’: Expert claims tens of thousands are being falsely diagnosed
By Laura Clark
Last updated at 6:49 PM on 07th April 2009
Misdiagnosis: Education expert Professor Joe Elliott says thousands of children are being falsely labelled as dyslexic

Tens of thousands of pupils 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.

I would have followed this story more closely but for that allied cop-out I have: Attention Deficit Something.

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