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Question 6: I am wondering if my child has a reading disability, but he is only in Grade 2. How long should I wait before seeking remedial help and/or an assessment?
Answer 6: Children may be tested as early as Grade 1. Sometimes a targeted reading/writing assessment is recommended; other times a full psychoeducational assessment is advisable. The tests and procedures used will vary depending on the age of the child and the presenting problems. For example, testing with young children often focuses on phonological processing and the ability to make sound/symbol associations. In older children, testing includes evaluation of automatic word recognition, use of decoding strategies, reading speed and fluency, and comprehension.
Remember, a diagnosis of a reading disability does not have to be made before early intervention in reading instruction begins! Research data strongly indicates a much more positive response to interventions that are provided in the first few years of school compared with those delivered in the later years.