Hyperlexia

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A rarer offshoot of a learning disability today, and one that can almost be called a super-ability: my topic today is hyperlexia.

Silberberg and Silberberg (1967) were some of the first people to define hyperlexia, and they called it “the precocious ability to read without prior training, before the age of 5”.

Most people since then have used the early reading part of the definition, although some definitions also require cognitive or language disorder to be present- this changes how hyperlexia is diagnosed and/or studied.

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