In a recently published clinical study involving students between the ages of 7 to 11 years, investigators discovered that children with dyslexia exhibited more regressions and fixations than their typically-developed reading counterparts EVEN WHEN reading 1 YEAR BELOW their actual grade equivalent. In other words, even though they were reading text that was 1 year EASIER than what they were capable of reading, dyslexic children still showed WORSE regressions and fixations than their typically-developed reading counterparts. These worse fine eye movement patterns are representative of younger, or less accomplished, readers. The authors concluded that any child who has been diagnosed with dyslexia should have a visual skills evaluation in addition to a routine eye exam and a detailed literacy evaluation. Though not necessarily always causative, poor visual skills can be contributory to poor reading.
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