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Remediation of developmental dyslexia: tackling a basic memory deficit.

Authors
  • Kipp, Kerstin H
  • Mohr, Gilbert
Type
Published Article
Journal
Cognitive Neuropsychology
Publisher
Informa UK (Taylor & Francis)
Publication Date
Feb 01, 2008
Volume
25
Issue
1
Pages
38–55
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1080/02643290701836138
PMID: 18340603
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Remediation studies of developmental dyslexia are extremely rare. We present a single case study of an 8-year-old German developmental dyslexic boy K.H. who is hypothesized to suffer from a severe memory problem, impeding the development of normal reading functions. The memory problem especially affects the storage and access to letter-sound associations. As a consequence, the boy was initially unable to accurately and quickly name most of the 26 letters of the alphabet. A multiple-baseline across-material design with a high-frequency errorless learning procedure was set up to improve letter-name associations. The intervention improved K.H.'s letter reading and even his word reading. We discuss the role of memory deficits in reading acquisition in the context of three different theoretical models. We show how such theoretical considerations can successfully guide remediation programmes.

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