Spelling and the Visual Deficit

Michael McCloskey

in Visual Reflections

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9780195168693
Published online May 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199871513 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Psychology Series

 							Spelling and the Visual Deficit

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This chapter discusses AH's spelling impairment, suggesting that AH's severely impaired spelling may be a nonobvious consequence of her perceptual deficit. Visual perception of location and orientation, although not required for performing a spelling task, is crucial for learning to spell: Experience with visually presented words plays a central role in acquisition of lexical-orthographic representations and sublexical sound-spelling correspondences. AH's deficit in visual location and orientation perception may therefore have disrupted her ability to acquire these forms of knowledge as a child and, hence, impaired her ability to spell as an adult.

Keywords: spelling impairment; spelling errors; visual perception; orientation; perceptual deficit

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Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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