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Computer-Based Training with Ortho-Phonological Units in Dyslexic Children: New Investigations

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Dyslexia Volume 15, Number 3, ISSN 1076-9242


This study aims to show that training using a computer game incorporating an audio-visual phoneme discrimination task with phonological units, presented simultaneously with orthographic units, might improve literacy skills. Two experiments were conducted, one in secondary schools with dyslexic children (Experiment 1) and the other in a speech-therapy clinic with individual case studies (Experiment 2). A classical pre-test, training, post-test design was used. The main findings indicated an improvement in reading scores after short intensive training (10 h) in Experiment 1 and progress in the reading and spelling scores obtained by the dyslexic children (training for 8 h) in Experiment 2. These results are discussed within the frameworks of both the speech-specific deficit theory of dyslexia and the connectionist models of reading development. (Contains 4 tables, 2 figures, and 1 note.)


Ecalle, J., Magnan, A., Bouchafa, H. & Gombert, J.E. (2009). Computer-Based Training with Ortho-Phonological Units in Dyslexic Children: New Investigations. Dyslexia, 15(3), 218-238. Retrieved April 16, 2021 from .

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