ERIC Number: ED429378
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Mar
Leveling the Learning Field; Near-sidedness: The Circuit to Literacy.
DeYoung, Sandra L.; Monahan, Patrick W.; McCall, Chester H.
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)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Society of Educators and Scholars (21st, Culver City, CA, March 1998).