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September 1937

Reading, Writing and Speech Problems in Children.

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By Dr. Samuel Torrey Orton. Price, $2. Pp. 218, with 24 illustrations. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., 1937.

Am J Dis Child. 1937;54(3):689. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1937.01980030233013

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Abstract

In this volume the author summarizes his findings during a ten year period of intensive study of the disorders associated with the acquisition of language.

The first part of the volume describes the disorders which follow the destruction of small areas of the brain, emphasizing the relation of the disorders to the "sidedness" of the brain. Chapter 2 describes the types of disorder in development found in children. Developmental alexia (reading disability), agraphia (spelling disability), word deafness, motor asphasia (motor speech delay), apraxia (abnormal clumsiness) and stuttering are described in detail. Chapter 3 takes up the neurologic interpretation of the disorders and the methods of treatment.

The material presented is a valuable contribution to the study of children. Clearly written from a scientific point of view by an outstanding authority, it should be a valuable aid to every one working with school children.

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