“Many of these children are bright and have compensated up to this point by memorizing words, but have never learned to read fast enough to comprehend what they’re reading.

Understanding that these developments are nothing more than brain differences that can be aided with systematic and explicit instruction, Wolf said, is a large but necessary step for everyone involved: students, parents and teachers.”

Child development professor, Maryanne Wolf, also discusses the relationship between sight memorization of words and dyslexia, and highlights the importance of phonemic awareness in order to overcome reading difficulties.

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