Bulletin of the Orton Society

, Volume 16, Issue 1, pp 55–73 | Cite as

Reading and speech problems as expressions of a specific language disability

  • Edwin M. Cole
  • Louise Walker


The point we wish to emphasize here is the relationship between 1) delay in developing speech (i.e., “motor speech delay”), 2) delay in developing clear, mature, well articulated speech (i.e., persistent “infantilisms” of speech), 3) stuttering and 4) specific reading disability. Our clinical experience has taught us that the late talker and/or the one who persists in baby talk, is apt, himself, to have a reading disability or even to be a stutterer. If he himself happens to have neither of these complications, family histories usually show the occurrence of one or all of these disabilities within the wide family group as well as in the siblings of the patient. It is the repeated recurrence of these several language disability syndromes within the same family group that indicates the existence of a genetic relationship


Aphasia Reading Disability Dyslexia Developmental Dyslexia Language Disability 
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  • Louise Walker

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