What kinds of things cause children’s reading difficulties?

Max Coltheart*

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    The first part of this paper explains the distinction between proximal and distal causes of developmental disorders of cognition, with special reference to developmental disorders of reading. A number of different proximal causes of developmental disorders of reading have been identified. These correspond to a number of different patterns of developmental reading impairments – a number of “types of developmental dyslexia”, if you like – which are described in the second part of the paper. These patterns are interpreted in relation to a specific information-processing model of the cognitive system for reading. How each pattern is diagnosed, and how each might be treated, is discussed.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)103-112
    Number of pages10
    JournalAustralian Journal of Learning Difficulties
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2015

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