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Susan is a 7-year-old female who has been struggling at home and at school with following directions and reading. She cries at night because she feels that she is always in trouble for not being able to understand. Her parents read books to her at night trying to help her to read. Her mother remembers having problems with reading too and still struggles to understand what she reads, but figures that her daughter will someday catch on. Her teacher has suggested that Susan be screened for a learning disorder. If the school finds enough reason to refer her, she may be referred to a child psychologist for further testing.

According to the assigned reading, what disorder does Susan probably have? How is this passed genetically through families and why do some members get it but others do not? What are some treatment options for Susan (based on your earlier diagnosis)?

ADVICE: As you prepare to respond to this discussion question, be sure that you research dyslexia and the dyslexia class of disorders. This is important because there are quite a few different types of dyslexic disorders and they interfere with different functions due to structural problems. Then, instead of focusing on school interventions (which will be tempting), explain how the brain functions in the presence of those disorders. Then, you can discuss treatment issues.

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