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March 1969

Patterns of Impairment in Specific Reading Disability (A Neuropsychological Investigation).

Arch Neurol. 1969;20(3):334. doi:10.1001/archneur.1969.00480090122023

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In the studies reported in this volume, 39 boys classified as suffering from "specific reading disability" were compared with control groups as regards their performance in a battery of psychological tests. Few neurologists with experience in this area will be surprised to learn that the disability of the dyslexic children "was not restricted to skills that required reading and spelling." Indeed, one is more surprised by the paucity of other neurological findings in the patients examined, whether this be a history of birth trauma, delayed maturation of laterality, or more overt findings. It is perhaps of relevance in this regard that the study was restricted to patients between the ages of 10 and 14. The restriction to males may also have excluded some genetic subgroups, eg, the dyslexic girl with ambidexterity, catoptrographia, and a positive family history.

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