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Deafness and dyslexia

Herman, R. ORCID: 0000-0001-5732-9999 & Roy, P. ORCID: 0000-0003-3748-6481 (2016). Deafness and dyslexia. In: Marschark, M. & Spencer, P. E. (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Deaf Studies in Language. (pp. 344-356). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190241414.013.23


Until recently, the dearth of normative literacy data for deaf children and adults has made it difficult to know what was typical for this group, and therefore it has been challenging to determine whether a deaf individual’s profile of skills was uneven or discrepant. In this chapter, we present an in-depth case study of a deaf child referred with suspected dyslexia. An approach to assessment is outlined and test findings are presented, comparing the child’s test scores with the profile of dyslexia reported for hearing children. The deaf child’s pattern of performance is then placed in the context of findings from a large sample of deaf children who were part of a recently completed UK research study investigating reading and dyslexia in deaf children.

Publication Type: Book Section
Additional Information: This material was originally published in The Oxford Handbook of Deaf Studies in Language by Marc Marschark (ed.), Patricia Elizabeth Spencer (ed.) and has been reproduced by permission of Oxford University Press For permission to reuse this material, please visit
Publisher Keywords: deaf, dyslexia, reading, sign language, phonological abilities
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Language & Communication Science
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