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Reading and Reading Disorders: Overview

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Reading is a skill that is important for communication, education, and most fields of work. Reading disorders interfere with people’s ability to read and affect how they learn to read. The NICHD conducts and supports a variety of research aimed at understanding the process of reading and identifying the best ways to help people who struggle with reading. The Institute also aims to understand the mechanisms of reading disorders and the best interventions for improving reading skills among people with these disorders.

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Common Names

  • Reading disabilities
  • Reading disorders

Medical or Scientific Names

  • Reading disabilities
  • Reading disorders
  • Developmental reading disorders
  • Dyslexia
  • Developmental dyslexia
Last Reviewed: 02/28/2014
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