Skip to main content

Review Of Children's Phonic Reading Skills Assessment Instruments

25 July 2008


Basic reading disability (BRD), also called developmental dyslexia, is a neurological disorder with a genetic origin, primarily characterized by reading ability below what is expected given adequate instruction, intelligence, and motivation. In this review, I describe the epidemiology of and diverse deficit profiles associated with BRD. I compare and contrast three competing causal theories of BRD: phonological, magnocellular, and cerebellar. I then discuss instruments that claim to assess and predict reading problems and areas that require further research. Finally, I introduce an experimental test I have developed, Zack's Zoo Adventure (ZZA), which is a game-like computer-administered phonic reading skills test that benefits from research on the phonological processing theory and has the potential to increase our understanding of BRD.


Files are restricted to Pacific University. Sign in to view.