What the Research Says: Reading Difficulties in Secondary Students and Adults


Understanding the unique characteristics of older struggling readers is critical to meeting their academic and psychological needs. Laura discusses the research on juveniles and adults including the causation between reading difficulties and crime and options for providing more successful intervention to this underserved population.

Expert Guest

Laura Axtell, M.Ed.

Laura Axtell, M.Ed.

Laura Axtell, M.Ed. has master’s degrees in special education and counseling and has worked in K-12 regular and alternative education in the U.S. and internationally, served as a community college instructor, and conducted training and workshops in diverse settings around the world. She currently serves as an Educational Specialist/Trainer with Reading Horizons and is the host of the educational podcast, Podclassed. Follow Laura on Twitter and Instagram.


Motivating and engaging students in reading, Cambria & Guthrie, The New England Reading Association Journal (2010), Volume 46 (1)

Reduced Recidivism and Increased Employment Opportunity Through Research-Based Reading Instruction (1993 – Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention)

Literacy Development for Juvenile Offenders: A Project of Hope (2003)

Crime can be prevented if schools teach juvenile offenders to read

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