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.

Dyslexia and the Cerebellum

Dyslexia and the Cerebellum

Dyslexia and the cerebellum

This chapter

  • discusses an alternative perspective for explaining developmental dyslexia; and
  • reviews the status of the cerebellar deficit hypothesis and suggests that it provides a coherent explanation of the developmental antecedents of dyslexia.

Introduction: Co-Ordination and Dyslexia

The traditional symptoms of dyslexia in an individual involve weaker attainment in the literacy skills of reading, writing and spelling than expected on the basis of the individual's general ability and opportunity (World Federation of Neurology, 1968).

In an irregular language such as English, the links between reading, spelling and writing seem apparent. After all, words that are hard to read are hard to spell and hence hard to write (in that one has to think about spelling while writing). However, in languages with ...

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