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    1. Don't wait to get your child reading help if he or she is behind.

    2. Read to your child a few minutes daily.

    3. Help your child choose books at his or her reading level.

    4. Consider checking out books on tape.

    5. Create a reader-friendly home by monitoring screen-time.

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