Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal 12: 337, 2000.
Call for papers – Special Issue of Reading and Writing
Literacy, phonological awareness and visuo-spatial skills in individuals
with cognitive disorders of genetic origin.
Jean-Emile Gombert (Université de Haute Bretagne, France)
Maggie Snowling (University of York, UK)
Theories of reading development have been challenged in recent years
by research suggesting that reading acquisition may be dissociated from
phonemic awareness in individuals with Down’s syndrome. At the same
time, the well-developed linguistic skills and low visuo-spatial abilities of
individuals with Williams and Beuren’s syndrome have attracted the interest
of cognitive scientists and those interested in the pre-requisites for learning
to read. The purpose of this special issue is to provide a state of the art
overview of literacy development and its association with phonological
and visual skills in individuals with genetic syndromes. The aim will be to
bring together data on the reading and spelling development of individuals
with speciﬁc cognitive impairments and to discuss the implications of
ﬁndings for theories of reading development. Papers from a psychological,
neuropsychological or educational perspective will be considered.
Deadline for submission: November 2000.