The Role of Memory in Dyslexia

Sami Ghazzai Alsulami


This paper examines what the literature proffers regarding the relationship between dyslexia and memory deficiencies. Dyslexia is a well-known learning disability that has been recognized since the late 1800’s and has grown in notoriety since it was first discovered (Javier, 2015). It is especially notable due to its current prevalence among school aged children as well as adults and because of the detrimental nature that impaired literacy can have on their ability to read, write and excel academically. Discussed here are a history of dyslexia, along with a general exploration of the functions of memory and how it has to do with the processing and output of information within the mind. Two research studies are examined that help draw a direct correlation between a deficit in short-term and working memory with the phonological difficulties suffered by those who experience dyslexia. By better understanding the role of memory in dyslexia, educators may be more efficient at assisting and implementing early intervention for those children who need it.


Dyslexia, Short-term Memory

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