Dyslexia and Reading Comprehension

  • Torleiv Høien
  • Ingvar Lundberg
Part of the Neuropsychology and Cognition book series (NPCO, volume 18)


In the previous chapters, we have shown that the primary problems connected with dyslexia are at the word level. Decoding in reading and spelling are the big stumbling blocks. However, this does not mean that dyslexics have good reading comprehension. Most dyslexics do in fact have difficulty in understanding what they read. But these comprehension difficulties are usually secondary, a consequence of the poor word decoding. The slow, energy-demanding and deficient decoding makes such high demands on the reader’s mental resources that there is no room left to carry out interpretation. If the dyslexic could be relieved of having to decode, for example by listening to a text being read aloud, one would expect good comprehension.


Reading Comprehension Poor Reader Good Reader Reading Speed Word Decode 
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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • Torleiv Høien
    • 1
  • Ingvar Lundberg
    • 2
  1. 1.Dyslexia Research FoundationStavangerNorway
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyGöteborg UniversitySweden

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