Research Topic: Nonresponse to Traditional Intervention
Research Shows that 30-50% of struggling readers do not respond well to traditional intervention services, typically based on provision of specialized teaching geared to phonemic awareness and phonetic decoding. The traits of “nonresponders” are highly correlated to common signs of dyslexia. The correlation between poor response rate and dyslexia is so robust that schools are allowed to use a child’s history of non-response as a qualifier for special education services, in lieu of a formal diagnosis of dyslexia.
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