For children with dyslexia, multilingualism can be beneficial

The key is to consider language learning skills and motivation for each language separately

Not everyone who has dyslexia is particularly impaired in reading and writing in an additional language. This may sound somewhat counter-intuitive, but it is the conclusion I reached after having conducted several research studies and talked with parents and teachers in different countries.

One implication for schools worldwide may be that screening for reading difficulties should be available to all, not only in the mother tongue, but also in the language children use for school learning if it is not their native tongue, most immediately, English.


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