Computer and autogenic training: A single case of a college student with developmental surface dyslexia
Sherry Ann Palamara, Carlos Albizu University, United States
Carlos Albizu University . Awarded
The following single case study involved a twenty-seven year old male college student with developmental surface dyslexia. The study examined the effects of computer training and Autogenic Training to address Very Poor performance on Spelling and Writing Composite scales of the WIAT as well as problems reading and defining irregular words and homophones. A Multisensory program was implemented which consisted of general reading, writing, and spelling ability. Word Attack 3 and Ultimate Word Attack programs were implemented to address homophone and irregular words. Autogenic Training was simultaneously implemented with Multisensory and Word Attack computer programs. A separate computer training program (i.e., The Phone Message) addressed Borderline performance on Logical Memory I (i.e., immediate verbal memory) and Verbal Memory Index measures. No psychopathology was indicated. MMPI-2 results were questionably valid and H-T-P findings suggested emotional distress. Results showed that percentage scores for reading irregular words and homophones improved the most following the Multisensory computer program. Spelling irregular words and homophones improved the most after the Word Attack computer programs. The WIAT showed weak improvements on reading and spelling, oral and written expression as well as mathematical operations tasks. The Two-Story Quartets revealed non-significant improvements on immediate and delayed memory tasks following The Phone Message computer program. The WMS-R revealed strong and significant improvements on General Memory, Verbal Memory, and Visual Memory Index scores as well as Logical Memory I and II, Visual Reproduction II, and Delayed Recall. A non-significant decrease in performance was shown on Attention/Concentration. Post-test results of the H-T-P showed a softer line quality, indicating a possible reduction in emotional distress. Dramatic improvements in short-term memory may have been attributed to immediate feedback being a component of each computer program. Autogenic Training and computer training is recommended for adults with developmental surface dyslexia.
Palamara, S.A. Computer and autogenic training: A single case of a college student with developmental surface dyslexia. Ph.D. thesis, Carlos Albizu University.
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