Is it dyslexia, DLD or both? 

 Can you spot the different reading difficulties in your classroom? 

In this video presentation Robyn shares the work of Louise Spear-Swerling, reprinted earlier this year by Learning Difficulties Australia, which reviews research on three common patterns of poor reading.

Drawing on Gough and Tunmer's Simple View of Reading model, Spear-Swerling breaks reading difficulties down into:

  • Specific Word Reading Difficulties; 
  • Specific Reading Comprehension Difficulties; and
  • Mixed Reading Difficulties

This simple model is a great tool for classroom teachers to consider when thinking about their own students with a view to choosing the most appropriate intervention. 

The full article can be found here:
'Common types of reading problems and how to help children who have them' by Louise Spear-Swerling. Reprinted in Learning Difficulties Australia | Vol 55 No 1, April 2023

We hope you enjoy!


Time Stamps:

00:40   Reflection on the Simple View of Reading
01:40   Spear-Swerling's interpretation of the Simple View of Reading
04:00   Three types of reading difficulties with examples of intervention
11:00   Importance of collaboration between classroom teacher and interventionists
12:40   Early-emerging reading difficulties
14:00   Late-emerging reading difficulties
15:00   Prevalence of reading difficulties in specific groups of students
16:00   Importance of understanding reading difficulties in your students


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