Acquired dyslexia and dysgraphia across scripts

Professor Weekes, Brendan Stuart

Weekes, B. S. (2012). Acquired dyslexia and dysgraphia across scripts. Behavioural Neurology, 25(3), 159-163. doi: 10.3233/ben-2012-119000
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Many studies have investigated the cognitive processes used to read and to spell in English. Much of our knowledge about these processes comes from reports of patients with acquired dyslexia and dysgraphia, first identified in the behavioral neurology clinic. As in all clinical studies, the detail in these reports includes description of preserved and impaired abilities of the patient, usually with reference to a cognitive neuropsychological model of reading and spelling [6,12,13,26, 28,29]. The beauty of these reports is the insight provided to the clinician and to theorist about the topography of cognitive processing, allowing science to ‘carve nature at its joints’.

One criticism of this research is the emphasis on European languages. However, a review of acquired dyslexia and dysgraphia in languages other than English reveals an interesting fact. Many cases are reported in Behavioral Neurology – a revelation that reflects the global reach and sophistication of this readership. It is therefore a great privilege to present this Special Issue on the topic of Reading and Writing Disorders.