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Instant diagnosis of dyslexia

Posted Feb 06 2007 12:00am

Example from the GAPS assessment described at http://www.dldcn.comIn January of 2006, the London (UK) Times carried this headline: “10-minute test helps tell if your child is dyslexic.” Of course, this evoked a “hmmmm?” (said with chin moved down and toward one side and with eyes narrowed) from me. Skeptic flags waving, I read the story by Alexandra Blair, Times Education Correspondent.

The ten-minute test, developed by speech therapists and psychologists, screens young children for language disorders from the age of 3. By testing simple grammatical and pre-reading skills, parents, teachers or assistants can check whether a child is “school-ready” or may need more help.

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