Component Model-Based Remedial Treatment of Reading Disabilities

  • P. G. Aaron
  • Heidi Kotva
Part of the Neuropsychology and Cognition book series (NPCO, volume 16)


In the US, children with average or higher intellectual ability but have difficulty in learning to read are described as having Learning Disability (LD, hereafter). The assumption that underlies the classification of poor readers into the LD and non-LD categories is that there are qualitative differences in the cognitive skills of these categories of poor readers. In addition to the questionable validity of this assumption (e.g., Fletcher, 1992), implementation of the discrepancy formula has run into several conceptual and practical problems. One of the difficulties arises from certain statistical problems and computational difficulties associated with the formula itself (c.f., Reynolds, 1985). During the course of the past few years, some of these statistical bugs have been removed and the formula patched up. Nevertheless, a major problem of a practical nature remains. That is, the correlation between IQ and reading achievement seldom exceeds.50 indicating that IQ scores do not account for more than 25% of variance seen in the reading performance of children from elementary grades (Stanovich, Cunningham, & Feeman, 1984). This means IQ is not a potent predictor of reading potential. Another conceptual problem arises from the likelihood that IQ does not influence reading ability unidirectionally, but that the relationship between IQ and reading is reciprocal in the sense that not only the level of IQ can influence the reaing score but reading experience also can affect IQ.


Reading Comprehension Phonological Awareness Poor Reader Reading Disability Learn Disability 
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  • P. G. Aaron
    • 1
  • Heidi Kotva
    • 1
  1. 1.Indiana State UniversityTerre HauteUSA

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