Specific Learning Disorder with Impairment in Reading

Specific learning disorder (SLD) with impairment in reading includes possible deficits in:

  • Word reading accuracy
  • Reading rate or fluency
  • Reading comprehension

Warning Signs and Symptoms

An SLD with impairment in reading, like all SLDs, impacts upon all aspects of an individual’s life. SLDs are present in all ethnic and language groups, and may disrupt a child’s home life, education, behavior, and social life. At home, children with an SLD with impairment in reading face many of the same difficulties they do in school. Trouble reading, difficulties managing home-work or written “to-do” lists may impact negatively upon home life. At school, they have trouble completing written class work and reading assignments, and may often miss valuable information due to inability to read instructional material.

An assessment is a necessary step before decisions can be made about accommodation and eligibility for services. The diagnosis of an SLD with impairment in reading, as with all SLDs, is conducted by a qualified assessor who is registered in the province to complete assessments. The diagnostic criteria for SLD are described in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition Revised (DSM-V).  If you suspect you or your child may have a SLD please contact the office to speak about assessment options.