Deanna Fornasier, Cristina Burani, Antonia Fumarola, Francesca Placer, Sergio Carlomagno

Effects of a visual-lexical treatment on the writing errors of children with dysorthography

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Keywords: Visual-Lexical Therapy; Developmental Dysgraphia; Self-Administered Treatment; Computer-Assisted Rehabilitation; Spelling.

Italian children with developmental dysgraphia have difficulties in orthographic processing due to overreliance on sublexical vs. lexical writing. We assessed whether writing errors could be reduced by visual-lexical stimulation. The training involved written naming of object pictures. The exercises were self-administered via computer. Six children with dysorthography, eight to eleven years old, received the treatment. At post-therapy evaluation, significant improvement was observed on treated words. Learning generalised to untreated words and untreated writing tasks. The improvement confirmed the use of visual-lexical strategies and effects were maintained at follow-up assessment. These results indicate that a lexical approach is useful in the treatment of developmental writing deficits in a transparent orthography.

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