Fluency remediation in dyslexic children: Does age make a difference?

Patrizio E. Tressoldi, Maria Luisa Lorusso, Federica Brenbati, Roberta Donini

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This study tested the hypothesis whether older dyslexic children may obtain fewer gains on fluency and accuracy with respect to their younger peers after specific remediation. Changes in accuracy and fluency of a group of children with a diagnosis of dyslexia attending third and fourth grades were compared with those obtained by a group of children attending the sixth, seventh or eighth grade in two different treatments, one based on the Balance model (Bakker) and the second based on the automatization of syllable recognition (sublexical). Among all comparisons between the gains in accuracy and fluency obtained by the two groups, only the younger group in the sublexical treatment obtained a statistically significant gain with respect to their older peers' accuracy in reading words. These outcomes suggest that, at least for the chronological ages and types of treatments considered in this study, older children with dyslexia may obtain comparable gains to their younger peers, suggesting that 'it is never too late' to remediate reading fluency and accuracy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)142-152
Number of pages11
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - May 2008


  • Accuracy
  • Chronological age
  • Developmental dyslexia
  • Fluency

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Neuroscience(all)


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