Understanding reading disability in the Chinese language: from basic research to intervention

Connie Suk-Han Ho

in Oxford Handbook of Chinese Psychology

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780199541850
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Understanding reading disability in the Chinese language: from basic research to intervention

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Reading disability has been studied for over a century in countries using alphabetic writing systems. It is estimated that around 3% to 5% of the school population in any Western country has a reading disability, which is described as a severe and persistent difficulty in reading and spelling not a result of any apparent intrinsic or extrinsic causes. Delayed and inappropriate intervention often results in learning, emotional, and behavioural problems in children. This article first provides a review of research literature on reading disability in alphabetic languages and then introduces the characteristics of the Chinese writing system. It highlights some research projects on Chinese reading disability; and explores how these findings may be applied to the identification of and intervention for Chinese children with reading disability. It concludes that a well-planned and systematic research in reading disability is essential for developing effective evidence-based identification and intervention approaches for children with reading disability.

Keywords: reading disability; alphabetic writing systems; non-alphabetic language; effective identification; linguistic characteristics

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Subjects: Psychology ; Social Psychology

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