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A compensatory approach to acquired dysgraphia: Developing sublexical spelling skills through a keyword relay strategy

Chilvers, C; (2006) A compensatory approach to acquired dysgraphia: Developing sublexical spelling skills through a keyword relay strategy. Doctoral thesis , UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

This single case study evaluates the efficacy of therapy for a client, GK, who has acquired dysgraphia. A compensatory therapy approach was taken, aimed at improving GK's sound-to-letter correspondences for word-initial sounds by way of a keyword relay strategy. The strategy was broken down into three stages for each item which was presented: (1) naming a picture and segmenting its initial sound, (2) matching this sound to its corresponding keyword picture, and (3) matching the keyword to its corresponding letter on a keyboard letterboard. Comprehensive pre-therapy investigations were carried out into GK's cognitive and language skills, with a particular focus on his writing abilities. A combination of a multiple baseline and an item-specific therapy design was employed. Quantitative and qualitative information was gathered throughout by recording GK's verbatim responses and observing the strategies which he used to map sounds to letters. Post-therapy assessment results show that this approach was effective in significantly improving GK's sublexical spelling skills and indicate that the strategy had generalised to a variety of items and tasks.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Title: A compensatory approach to acquired dysgraphia: Developing sublexical spelling skills through a keyword relay strategy
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Thesis digitised by ProQuest.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Language and Cognition
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1566885
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