Journal article

Helping children with reading difficulties: some things we have learned so far

Genevieve McArthur, Anne Castles

npj Science of Learning | SPRINGERNATURE | Published : 2017


A substantial proportion of children struggle to learn to read. This not only impairs their academic achievement, but increases their risk of social, emotional, and mental health problems. In order to help these children, reading scientists have worked hard for over a century to better understand the nature of reading difficulties and the people who have them. The aim of this perspective is to outline some of the things that we have learned so far, and to provide a framework for considering the causes of reading difficulties and the most effective ways to treat them.