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Reading Difficulties and Dyslexia

Reading Difficulties and Dyslexia
Essential Concepts and Programs for Improvement

Second Edition (Updated Edition)
  • J P Das - Director Emeritus, JP Das Centre on Developmental & Learning Disabilities, University of Alberta, Canada

September 2020 | 290 pages | SAGE India
Previously, dyslexia was defined as primarily a deficit at the word reading level. When the original edition of this book was published, the core deficit was thought to be phonological coding. The search for a single factor for dyslexia is no longer pursued. However, we must explore why approximately 15 per cent of school children have difficulties in learning to read or doing math. This updated edition offers an explanation based on contemporary developments in the study of cognition and neuroscience. It also studies the impact of poverty on learning, a relatively new but extremely important area of interest.

Going beyond a simple view of reading and math, Reading Difficulties and Dyslexia discusses distal factors such as cognitive flexibility and attentional control. A distinguishing feature of this book is that it presents intervention programmes, based on the distal factors, which can greatly improve word decoding and comprehension, and enhance number sense.
Foreword by Prakash Padakannaya
Preface to the Updated Edition
Preface to the First Edition
PART I Understanding Reading Difficulties
Dyslexia and Learning Difficulties: Introduction
Good and Poor Readers
From Nursery Rhymes to Phonological Coding
What’s New about Phonological Processes
Stages of Reading Development
Explaining Dyslexia: Recent Advances in Neuroscience
Explaining Reading by Intelligence
Reading and Comprehension
Reading and Comprehension: A Second Look
Spelling and Writing
PART II Remediation of Reading and Learning Difficulties
Theory and Practice
COGENT Program: Getting Ready to Read
A Taste of COGENT: Program Modules
COGENT Works: Early Evidence
How Does Reading Readiness Work? A Taste of COGENT
PREP: A Remediation Program Based on PASS
A Taste of PREP in Words and Pictures
Case Histories
Conceptual Basis for School Readiness and Literacy
PART III: The Next Steps
The Way Forward
Integration of Contemporary Views on Reading
Children Learning Math
Epilogue: New Horizons in Understanding Reading

The second edition of Reading Difficulties and Dyslexia: An Interpretation for Teachers offers a fresh look at an exciting field of research by providing teacher-friendly information on what dyslexia is, how we can assess reading, and what can we do for children who have reading difficulties. J.P. Das, a seasoned author and researcher, has given us a book that brings research on reading difficulties into classrooms and serves as a reminder that intervention practices are effective when they are driven by theory.

George K. Georgiou,
Director, JP Das Centre on Developmental & Learning Disabilities, University of Alberta, Canada

Reading Difficulties and Dyslexia, a timely publication of an important area of research and intervention in psychology and education. The author is an excellent writer. With simplicity and clarity in expression of a rather very technical concept: dyslexia from a neurocognitive perspective, the author is accessible to readers of different levels of expertise. An important concept introduced in the revised version of the book is the significance of cultural learning and scaffolding in intervention. This book is extremely useful for students, researchers, educators and practitioners interested in understanding dyslexia and its intervention.

Nandita Babu,
Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Delhi, India

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