The SAGE Handbook of Dyslexia is a comprehensive overview of a complex field. It is a rich, critical assessment of past and present theory and current research, which also looks to the future. The editors have brought together key figures from the international academic world - both researchers and practitioners - to examine the relationships between theoretical paradigms, research and practice, and to map new areas of research.

The Origin of Dyslexia: The Asynchrony Phenomenon

The Origin of Dyslexia: The Asynchrony Phenomenon

The origin of dyslexia: The asynchrony phenomenon

This chapter will

  • discuss synchronization in speed and content as a factor contributing to fluency in the regular and impaired reading process; and
  • present an innovative concept for our understanding of dyslexia

Reading is a highly composite cognitive task that involves word decoding and comprehending printed or written materials. Effective word decoding is a prerequisite for comprehension. In most cases, the reading process is successful. However, in approximately 10–15 per cent of the population it is not. Reading failures are commonly termed developmental dyslexia. Different theories have been proposed in an attempt to understand the dyslexia phenomenon. Some theories are descriptive and focus on the inaccuracy and slowness/dysfluency of word reading among dyslexics ...

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