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This paper describes a series of preliminary and a double blind study on crossed visual laterality and reading difficulties in children. Preliminary studies investigated handedness, eye preference, and ear preference in a total of 196 third and fifth grade students. About 42 percent of the tested students were identified with the Monahan/DeYoung Syndrome, i.e., they were left-eyed (at three different ranges), left-eared, and right handed (or vice versa). Tests of kinesthetic, visual, and auditory processing found that subjects performed significantly better in their sided/natural state. The double blind study examined the effect of the sinistral inverted (hook) reading technique when applied by 43 students with the Monahan/DeYoung Syndrome on standardized accuracy and comprehension reading scores when compared to controls. Results indicated that the sinistral-inverted treatment group showed a significantly greater increase in reading accuracy and in reading comprehension than either of the other three groups, namely, the sinistral non-inverted, the dextral-inverted, and the non-dextral-inverted. The paper concludes that sidedness in children must be determined by identifying the reading-range eye and aligning this eye to the hand for reading. (DB)

Descriptors: Brain Hemisphere Functions, Clinical Diagnosis, Elementary Education, Handedness, Learning Disabilities, Reading Difficulties, Remedial Reading, Student Evaluation











Author: DeYoung, Sandra L.; Monahan, Patrick W.; McCall, Chester H.

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=9845&id=ED429378



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