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August 3, 1940

First Aids in Reading Difficulties

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By S. Weir Newmayer, A.B., M.D. Cloth. Price, $2. Pp. 162, with illustrations. Philadelphia: North American Printing Company, 1940.

JAMA. 1940;115(5):408. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810310066027

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The foundation of education is reading. It is therefore desirable to develop speed in reading, to maintain respect and love for the art and science of reading, to encourage good reading and to discourage bad or wasteful reading. The author is convinced that children are ready to read in the first grade when considered from the development of the physiology of the visual organs, but of course reading involves not only seeing the words but also understanding them and interpreting them. Extensive tests have been made on children from the point of view of their ability to read so far as concerns particularly the eye. Special glasses are needed for visually handicapped children. There must be training of the eye, the provision of suitable glasses and attention to the hygiene of the eye to make certain that the child is not hampered in his education by difficulty with vision. The

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