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More children are experiencing difficulty in reading than in any other subject area in the elementary classroom. There are various degrees of a reading disability. A reading disability can range from a reader who is a grade or two below the level of his peers to a child who is a complete non-reader. In most cases, the concern of the elementary classroom teacher of reading is to see to it that the children are able to read well enough to perform the work of the specific class-level and to receive some enjoyment from their reading. If an ordinary classroom teacher is confronted with a child who is a complete nonreader, the usual procedure is to refer the child to a qualified reading specialist who is equipped to deal directly with the serious reading handicaps in a more specific manner than would be possible in a classroom situation. Then the classroom teacher would stand ready to follow the recommendations of the reading specialist in regard to help for a non-reader.

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