Dyslexia (Book Review)

June 1981
Education;Summer81, Vol. 101 Issue 4, p340
Book Review
Dyslexia: A Neurological Approach to Educating Children with Severe Reading Disorders. Robert E. Valett. Fearon Pitman Publishers, Inc., Belmont, California, 1980, 322 pp. The author maintains that dyslexia is a learning disability that results in significant reading difficulties. It has been further defined as a complex syndrome of associated psychoneurological deficiencies that may include disturbances in orientation, time, written language, spelling, memory, auditory and visual perception, motor skills, and related sensory abilities. The author believes that a dyslexia child suffers from maturational delay and unusual slow development of the neurological functioning essential for reading. This development delay or impairment results in the inability to translate sounds into letter symbols, and to written materials. Most authorities, according to author, agree that the major impairment is not faulty recognition or discrimination, but rather the inability to interpret symbols. Many children with severe reading disabilities caused by perceptual linguistic distortions make reversals or mirror images of letters, words, and symbols—a condition considered a diagnostic sign of dyslexia. The main purpose of the book is to explain recent research findings relative to dyslexia. The author believes that children with dyslexia can be educated much better than we have done it in the past.


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