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McGuinness, author of 'Why Children Can't Read', and Dr. Bonnie
Macmillan, author of 'Why Schoolchildren Can't Read'. These
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many English-speaking children are being diagnosed as dyslexic, convinced me that 'dyslexia' can be easily and
cheaply prevented and that virtually ALL
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