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Definition of Hyperlexia

Hyperlexia: The presence of advanced ability to read compared to the ability to understand spoken language.

Children with hyperlexia have a precocious ability to read words, far above what would be expected at their chronological age or an intense fascination with letters or numbers; significant difficulty in understanding verbal language; and abnormal social skills, difficulty in socializing and interacting appropriately with people.

Hyperlexia, according to some experts, may belong in the autistic spectrum along with autism and Asperger syndrome.

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