The Simple View of Reading

3.2 Types of Reading Difficulties

Learning Intentions

After viewing this module session participants will be able to: 

  • Identify the characteristics of each of the three types of reading difficulties
  • Understand the connection between the Simple View of Reading and the three reading difficulties


Watch the session below.

*Please see the Transcripts resource folder located in Module 0 for a text copy of the transcript from this video. 


  • There are three types of reading difficulty/disability that have been extensively validated in the research literature (dyslexia, hyperlexia, and mixed/combined type)
  • Identifying these types help educators understand the source of an individual’s reading difficulty/disability
  • Helps with education planning
  • Helps with proper instructional grouping

Reflect & Connect

How might the understanding of the characteristics of the three types of reading difficulties inform your instruction?