Is unable to read common one-syllable words, such as mat or top

* Does not recognize the sound of phonemes (such as a, b, s, sh, ck, th) and cannot isolate them ("What begins with the same sound as cat - man, dog, or car?")

* Makes reading errors involving guesswork from pictures or story line cues (horse for pony, big for large) or from the shape or first letter of a word (went for work)

* Cannot consistently recognize common sight words (was, said, does) or spell them

* Confused about left vs. right

* Hates to read and will not try

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