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The Possible Benefits of Early Dyslexia Diagnosis

The purpose of this study was to investigate if certain early childhood behaviors are associated with a person being diagnosed with dyslexia. Only a slight proportion of articles published regarding dyslexia concern preschool children. This study attempted to determine whether some behaviors displayed before kindergarten or early primary school might indicate a connection to dyslexia. The survey study method was chosen for this study. It is important to recognize that ‘the survey approach is a research strategy, not a research method. As with any research approach, a choice of methods is available and the one most appropriate to the individual project should be used.” (Blaxter, 2010) This is not to say the surveys and statistical studies are mutually exclusive. This study analyzed 11 children and their parents who had been identified as dyslexic by medical doctors. One parent for each child was recruited making the total number of participants 22 in all. The participants came from The Dyslexia Institute of San Diego. The ages of these students ranged from 11 to 17 years old. The students were chosen by administrators at The Dyslexia Institute. Both students and children were asked questions concerning their early childhood. There were no prerequisites for students or parents to participate in the study other than having been diagnosed with dyslexia. The researcher did not take part in choosing either students or parents who enrolled where this study was performed. The researcher had the questionnaires given to the institute's members by their administrators at The Dyslexia Institute and at events they held both publicly and privately.

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