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Question 5: Are boys more likely to have difficulty with reading than girls?
Answer 5: Apparently the long-held belief that mainly boys suffered from reading disabilities or dyslexia reflected bias in school-selected samples. The more disruptive behaviour of boys resulted in their being referred for testing more often, whereas girls who struggled to read were more likely to sit quietly in their seats and thus be overlooked (Shaywitz & Shaywitz, 2004). Research data now indicates that although there are somewhat more boys with reading disabilities, significant numbers of girls also struggle to learn to read. This has been borne out within our practice, where 30 to 40% of our clientele within a given year are girls.