Reading Disorder Symptoms

By Psych Central Staff

The essential feature of Reading Disorder is reading achievement (i.e., reading accuracy, speed, or comprehension as measured by individually administered standardized tests) in a child that falls substantially below that expected given the individual’s chronological age, measured intelligence, and age-appropriate education.

Specific Symptoms of Reading Disorder

  • Reading achievement, as measured by individually administered standardized tests of reading accuracy or comprehension, is substantially below that expected given the person’s chronological age, measured intelligence, and age-appropriate education.
  • The disturbance in the first criterion significantly interferes with academic achievement or activities of daily living that require reading skills.
  • If a sensory deficit is present, the reading difficulties are in excess of those usually associated with it.

 

This disorder has been reclassified and altered in the updated 2013 DSM-5 (e.g., now combined with other disorders associated with academic deficits); the old DSM-IV criteria above remain here for historical/informational purposes only. See updated DSM-5  disorder criteria for Specific Learning Disorder here.

 

 

APA Reference
Psych Central. (2014). Reading Disorder Symptoms. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 21, 2014, from http://psychcentral.com/disorders/reading-disorder-symptoms/

Symptom criteria summarized from:
American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders, fifth edition. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Association.
        or
American Psychiatric Association. (1994). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders, fourth edition. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Association.

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    Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 13 May 2014
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