For the most part children with reading difficulties or disabilities are usually undetected until the third grade. However, it is crucial that children with RDs are detected before they even begin kindergarten. Early detection of RD has a very high rate of successful intervention. Unfortunately, most children with RD go undiagnosed until mid-elementary school. By this time because their motivation and mindset to read have passed, there is a high likelihood they will ever master reading proficiently. In fact, not only is the child with RD greatly affected but society as a whole is affected. Children with lifelong unrecognized and untreated (or too late diagnosed RD) RDs not only have increased high school drop-out rates, but they also have limited income ability and are susceptible to suicide and criminal activity. Therefore, it is imperative that early detection of RDs becomes an educational priority.

Keywords: Reading Difficulties (RD)

Year Manuscript Completed

Winter 2023

Senior Project Advisor

Tricia Jordan, Ph.D.

Degree Awarded

Bachelor of Integrated Studies Degree

Field of Study

Educational Studies

Document Type

Thesis - Murray State Access only

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