Luque, J. L. 1 , Bordoy, S. 1 , López-Zamora, M. 1 , Giménez, A. 1 , Carrillo, M. 2 & Alegría, J. 3
1 Universidad de Málaga (Spain)
2 Universidad de Murcia (Spain)
3 Université libre de Bruxelles
The DIS-ESP battery (Carrillo, Alegría y Luque, in press) presents a differential model for the diagnosis of developmental dyslexia based on the phonological theory (Snowling, 2000). This battery proposes a three stages process: first, a detection phase, second, the assessment of word reading mechanisms and, finally, the assessment of phonology. Once the child?s scores are introduced in the system, a diagnostic report is automatically obtained. This report includes a main synthesis section, detailed data of different assessments, and a diagnostic guidance. In order to estimate the severity of the detected deficits a comparison with chronological age and reading level control groups is provided. The protocol also allows to use the results to get subtype studies (Castles & Colheart, 1993; Lovett, 1984; Bowers & Wolf, 1994); and, to make further analysis like word length and lexicality effects; phonological awareness levels. The main objective is to facilitate the work of practitioners providing a quick and reliable prognosis tool, and to get cues for the differential diagnosis between reading delay and developmental dyslexia.