Diagnostic Assessment

  • Catherine Christo
  • Stephen E. Brock
  • John Davis
Part of the Developmental Psychopathology at School book series (DPS)

As previously noted, the concept of dyslexia, or “congenital word blindness,” has been with us since the late 1800s (Beaton, 2004). Given this fact, it is remarkable that this disorder is not specifically listed in either of the two most commonly used diagnostic systems available to us in the United States for categorizing learning disabilities, the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEIA, 2004) or the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-IV-Text Revision (DSM-IV-TR: APA, 2000). In IDEIA, the closest to a diagnostic “fit” is the specific learning disability (SLD) category and IDEIA's listing of dyslexia as a processing disorder (without an attempt to define it). In DSM-IV-TR, the term “reading disability” is used for what is commonly recognized as dyslexia. Consistent with the other books in this series, this chapter will delve further into how the DSM-IV-TR criteria and nomenclature are used for diagnostic purposes in regard to dyslexia. While these criteria might...


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Catherine Christo
    • 1
  • Stephen E. Brock
  • John Davis
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation & School PsychologyCalifornia State University, SacramentoSacramentoUSA
  2. 2.Califonia State UniversityHaywardUSA

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