The main feature is a specific and significant impairment in the development of reading skills that is not solely accounted for by mental age, visual acuity problems, or inadequate schooling. Reading comprehension skill, reading word recognition, oral reading skill, and performance of tasks requiring reading may all be affected. Spelling difficulties are frequently associated with specific reading disorder and often remain into adolescence even after some progress in reading has been made. Specific developmental disorders of reading are commonly preceded by a history of disorders in speech or language development. Associated emotional and behavioural disturbances are common during the school age period.
"Backward reading" Developmental dyslexia Specific reading retardation
Excludes: alexia NOS ( R48.0 ) dyslexia NOS ( R48.0 )
reading difficulties secondary to emotional disorders ( F93.- ) F81.1 Specific spelling disorder
The main feature is a specific and significant impairment in the development of spelling skills in the absence of a history of specific reading disorder, which is not solely accounted for by low mental age, visual acuity problems, or inadequate schooling. The ability to spell orally and to write out words correctly are both affected.
Specific spelling retardation (without reading disorder) Excludes: agraphia NOS ( R48.8 ) spelling difficulties:
■ associated with a reading disorder ( F81.0 )
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