Does dyslexia exist?

Margaret J. Snowling

in Dyslexia: A Very Short Introduction

Published in print May 2019 | ISBN: 9780198818304
Published online May 2019 | e-ISBN: 9780191859496 | DOI:

Series: Very Short Introductions

Does dyslexia exist?

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Difficulties with reading and writing have wide-ranging effects beyond academic achievement, including effects on career opportunities, personal well-being, and to some extent mental health. Literacy difficulties, when they are not caused by lack of education, are known as dyslexia. Dyslexia can be defined as a problem with learning that primarily affects the development of reading accuracy and fluency and spelling skills. ‘Does dyslexia exist?’ explains that it is now widely understood that dyslexia is a specific learning disorder, but that there is no clear, diagnostic profile. However, dyslexia can be a disabling condition and we can do a great deal to ameliorate its effects.

Keywords: Macdonald Critchley; hemispheric lateralization; intelligence quotient; strephosymbolia; Wechsler scales; word blindness

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Subjects: Neuroscience ; Psychology of Learning ; Educational Psychology ; Cognitive Linguistics

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