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Literacy and dyslexia studies

Participants: Jakob Åsberg, Christopher Gillberg & Svenny Kopp.

Background: Reading and writing literacy is generally considered a human right that opens up doors to personal fulfillment, empowerment and education.

Method: Research on literacy at the Gillberg Neuropsychiatry Centre (GNC) focuses on the ”comorbidity” between reading and writing difficulties and other neurodevelopmental/ESSENCE (Early Symptomatic Syndromes Eliciting Neurodevelopmental Clinical Examinations) conditions, including autism spectrum disorder (ASD), ADHD and intellectual disability.

Results: Within the context of the so called "Girl project", we have found that reading comprehension appears difficult for many students with ASD, even if fluent word reading is obtained. School children with ADHD often have more generalized difficulties in literacy (word reading, reading comprehension and writing). Literacy difficulties in ADHD further appear to be associated with both phonological and executive difficulties. In an ongoing project we are studying literacy among adults with ASD and/or intellectual disability from both cognitive/psycholinguistic and self-determination perspectives.


Åsberg Johnels, J. & Miniscalco, C. (2014). Excellent word reading ability in the context of an autism spectrum disorder: A case study of a Swedish-speaking seven-year-old boy. Journal of Cognitive Education and Psychology, 13, 88-102.

Åsberg Johnels, J., Kopp, S. & Gillberg, C. (2013). Spelling Difficulties in School-Aged Girls With Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: Behavioral, Psycholinguistic, Cognitive, and Graphomotor Correlates. Journal of Learning Disabilities, (Epub ahead of print).

Åsberg, J. (2012). Reading and text comprehension skills in autism spectrum disorders. In V.B., Patel, V.R., Preedy & C.R., Martin (Eds.), A Comprehensive Guide to Autism Spectrum Disorders (In Press).

Åsberg, J. (2012). Att läsa med intellektuell funktionsnedsättning: Vad säger forskningen idag och vad återstår att ta reda på? Dyslexi, 2, 4-7.

Åsberg, J., Kopp, S., Berg-Kelly, K., & Gillberg, C. (2010). Reading comprehension, word decoding and spelling in girls with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorders (AD/HD): performance and predictors. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, 45, 61-71.




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Utskriftsdatum: 2020-05-28