Some Clinical Aspects of the Dyslexia Phenomenon

  • Margaret Newton


It was whilst working with the so-called “underfunctioning child in the classroom” in the 1950s and 1960s that the writer gradually became aware of certain “profiles of learning” which did not favor the acquisition and development of literacy in ordinary school settings. “A pattern of signs that appear in contiguity (Money, 1962, p. 16) was continually observed. The signs appeared to relate to certain neuropsychological features of motor, perceptual and linguistic functions. These observed phenomena were recognized as having possible links with specialization in the Central Nervous System (CNS), especially hemispheric differential organization for language skills. The deficits and delays observed in these under-functioning children appeared to be especially associated with anomalies in the left, or primarily language, hemisphere of the brain. They could be of developmental delay or difference or following upon traumatic events. Some errors indicated visual con fusions or disordering, reversals and mirror-images in the graphic presentation of ciphers and words; others indicated acute difficulties in sequencing sounds in the appropriate linguistic order required for written words and sentences; and problems in sensoriintegration were common.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Margaret Newton
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  1. 1.Applied Psychology DepartmentThe University of AstonBirminghamUK

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