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March 15, 1998

The Sun has assembled a panel of professionals to address your concerns about reading and your child. If you have a question, or a suggestion, please write to: Ask the Experts, Reading by 9, Features Department, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, Md. 21278

Larry Silver is a clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown University Medical School and is in private practice in Rockville. He responds to this question frequently asked of him.

Question: My son is in second grade and still not reading well. He has to struggle to get many words and does not always understand what he has read. Yet, if I read to him, he enjoys it and understands everything. Should I be concerned?

Answer: By second grade most students are reading with more ease than your son. I would discuss your concern with his teacher. If the teacher shares your concern, meet with the principal to request that someone evaluate him to see if he has a reading problem.

Pub Date: 3/15/98

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