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From the perspective of a school counselor in-training, I appreciated reading about the importance of detecting reading disabilities as early as possible. It was pretty shocking to discover that about 20 percent of the population most likely has reading disabilities, yet only about 4 percent of young children receive special education for reading disabilities (Shaywitz, 2003). According to LD online (2010), the world’s leading website on learning disabilities and ADHD, this epidemic of people going through life undiagnosed is referred to as the “hidden handicap”. LD online (2010) explains how this “hidden handicap” negatively affects its victims when it states, “The resulting problems can lead to poor self esteem, failure to thrive in school, and difficulty in the workplace” ( ). Therefore, as a future school counselor I will make it a priority to be keenly aware of students who may be suffering with a reading disability. As school counselors, it is our responsibility to work collaboratively with teachers to ensure students are receiving the support they need to foster the best learning environment for academic success.

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