A Developmental Approach to Learning Disabilities†
Child Psychology in Practice
2. Research Advances and Implications for Clinical Applications
Published Online: 1 JUN 2007
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Handbook of Child Psychology
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Berninger, V. W. 2007. A Developmental Approach to Learning Disabilities. Handbook of Child Psychology. IV:2:11.
- Published Online: 1 JUN 2007
This chapter offers a developmental, life-span perspective on learning disabilities, with a focus on specific learning disabilities that affect reading and writing. Dyslexia, which is one specific kind of learning disability and has a genetic basis, is used to illustrate the changing behavioral expression of this reading disability as affected individuals encounter a curriculum with changing requirements. In keeping with the multidisciplinary nature of the field of learning disabilities, the chapter provides an overview of the contributions of the various disciplines. However, the focus is then on the special contributions of the field of developmental psychology to this field and applications of these contributions to practice as well as research. Both assessment and treatment are covered in terms of research findings and issues for practice. Special attention is given to the unresolved definitional issues and to the hallmark features of dyslexia, dysgraphia, and language learning disability. The chapter ends with a vision of how educational practice might draw on the results of research to better serve children with dyslexia, dysgraphia, and language learning disability in a cost-effective, scientifically grounded, and developmentally appropriate way.
- language learning disability;
- learning disability;
- reading disability;
- writing disability