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The Psychology of Reading and Spelling Disabilities

1st Edition

By A.F. Jorm


142 pages

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Originally published in 1983, recent advances in cognitive psychology had revealed that reading and spelling disabilities may be due to deficits in basic cognitive processes. Dr Jorm looks at each type of disability in detail, in relation to normality as well as intellectual disability (formerly called retardation), and finds that the new research provides a useful approach to seemingly intractable problems. He covers a broad range of topics, including the social context of reading disabilities, the role of biological factors, remedial teaching, and prevention of literacy problems. He also gives a forward-looking account of how research at the time on the cognitive processes in comprehension might aid our understanding of the relatively neglected group of children who can read individual words yet fail to comprehend adequately.

Reading disabilities are increasingly serious in a culture which places an ever higher value on literacy, and the discoveries of the cognitive psychologists are presented here in a way that will still be accessible to all those teachers and parents who want to know about developments in the past.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments. 1. Varieties of Reading and Spelling Disability 2. Specific Reading Retardation: The Social Context 3. Specific Reading Retardation: The Nature of the Reading Deficit 4. Specific Reading Retardation: The Nature of the Cognitive Deficit 5. Specific Reading Retardation: Brain Development 6. Reading Comprehension Disabilities 7. Spelling Disabilities 8. Remediation, Prediction and Prevention. References. Index.

About the Series

Psychology Library Editions: Psychology of Reading

The psychology of reading investigates the process by which readers extract visual information from written text and make sense of it. Psychology Library Editions: Psychology of Reading (11 Volumes) brings together as one set, or individual volumes, a small series of previously out-of-print titles, originally published between 1980 and 1995. The set includes topics such as dyslexia and the relationship between speech and reading.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Cognitive Psychology