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How to Tackle Delayed Literacy

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by Deanna Glick

We all know that learning to read is important, but to what extent does delayed literacy really have adverse effects on our kids? Research shows that delayed literacy can lead to behavior problems and inhibit overall learning ability. Left unchecked, late readers are also at higher risk for dropping out of school, chronic unemployment and poverty.“If you have a child who isn’t reading by the middle of first grade, you should take action,” said Dr. Kristen Kinney-Haines, director of primary literacy at the online learning program K12. “The earlier you catch a problem, the easier it is to remediate."