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July 30, 1932

Children Who Cannot Read: The Analysis of Reading Disabilities and the Use of Diagnostic Tests in the Instruction of Retarded Readers.

JAMA. 1932;99(5):413-414. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740570059038

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This monograph should be highly valuable to every one interested in the handicapped child. In it Dr. Monroe reports a fruitful study of children's reading disabilities, describing the analysis and treatment of a large number of patients ranging in age from 6 to 18 years. There is also included a description of the remedial measures taken in the case of an adult who had lost the ability to read after an attack of encephalitis. Some of the topics that should prove especially helpful to those engaged in problem case work are (a) the use of the reading index to distinguish special reading disability from general learning disability; (b) the diagnostic significance, at successive reading-grade levels, of varying frequencies of certain errors in word recognition and oral reading; (c) an elaborate and detailed analysis of causative factors in reading defects, and (d) a richly suggestive chapter dealing with methods appropriate for

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