Automatisation deficits in balance for dyslexic children.

A. J. Fawcett*, R. I. Nicolson

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Traditional theories of dyslexia have focused on components of the reading process. The Dyslexic Automatisation Deficit hypothesis takes a broader view, attributing deficits to an inability to become completely fluent in cognitive and motor skills. A series of experiments compared the balance of 15-yr.-old and 11-yr.-old groups of dyslexic children and normal children matched for age and IQ under single-task and dual-task conditions. There were no group differences in the single-task conditions. However, introduction of a concurrent secondary task led to a dissociation in that, whereas the balance of normal children was unaffected, the dyslexic children's balance was significantly impaired. It was concluded that the normal children balanced automatically whereas the dyslexic children did not. These results directly support the proposed framework.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)507-529
Number of pages23
JournalPerceptual and Motor Skills
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 1992


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