Visual agnosia and prosopagnosia in childhood: A prospective case study

Pamela Joy*, Ruth Brunsdon

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Selective impairments in visual processing are well documented in adults but rarely reported in children. The few childhood cases reported are mostly retrospective accounts with little attention paid to developmental, assessment or management issues. We report a prospective case study of a boy with prosopagnosia and visual processing deficits of presumed developmental origin. At the age of 4 years, AL presented with a range of cognitive and visual recognition deficits. Subsequent assessments revealed an evolving pattern in visual recognition and dissociations between developing skills. At the age of 7 AL has impairments in early perceptual analysis, visual organisation and in complex visual processing. Although he can identify facial features and match faces he is unable to recognise familiar faces. His reading and spelling are developing normally. The nature of his deficits and his progress are discussed within a cognitive neuropsychological framework.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-15
Number of pages15
JournalChild Neuropsychology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2002
Externally publishedYes


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