A sensory-linguistic approach to normal and impaired reading development

Talcott, Joel B. and Witton, Caroline (2002). A sensory-linguistic approach to normal and impaired reading development. IN: Basic functions of language, reading, and reading disability. Witruk, Evelyn; Friederici, Angela D. and Lachmann, Thomas (eds) Neuropsychology and Cognition . Dordrecht (NL): Springer.


In this chapter we outline a sensory-linguistic approach to the, study of reading skill development. We call this a sensory-linguistic approach because the focus of interest is on the relationship between basic sensory processing skills and the ability to extract efficiently the orthographic and phonological information available in text during reading. Our review discusses how basic sensory processing deficits are associated with developmental dyslexia, and how these impairments may degrade word-decoding skills. We then review studies that demonstrate a more direct relationship between sensitivity to particular types of auditory and visual stimuli and the normal development of literacy skills. Specifically, we suggest that the phonological and orthographic skills engaged while reading are constrained by the ability to detect and discriminate dynamic stimuli in the auditory and visual systems respectively.

Divisions: Life & Health Sciences > Psychology
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Additional Information: International Conference on Basic Mechanisms of Language and Language Disorders, Leipzig (DE), September 1999.
Event Type: Other
Event Dates: 2002-05-31 - 2002-05-31
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Published Date: 2002-05-31
Authors: Talcott, Joel B. ( 0000-0001-7958-8369)
Witton, Caroline ( 0000-0002-5610-4234)

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