Encyclopedia of Public Health

2008 Edition
| Editors: Wilhelm Kirch

Reading and/or Spelling Disorder

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-5614-7_2937


Specific developmental disorder of scholastic skills


The main feature is a specific and significant impairment in the development of reading and/or spelling that is not solely accounted for by mental age, visual acuity problems, or inadequate schooling. Reading comprehension skill, reading word recognition, oral reading skill, and performance of tasks requiring reading may all be affected. Spelling difficulties are frequently associated with specific reading disorder. During school age, emotional and behavioral problems are often associated with these disorders. The disorders often continue into adolescence.

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