Comments on 'The Dyslexia Ecosystem': A reply to Nicolson

Ian L. Richards, Caroline Witton, Elisabeth Moores, Peter A. Reddy, Gina Rippon, Joel B. Talcott*

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The central issue facing the dyslexia community, and the underlying theme of Nicolson's 'The Dyslexia Ecosystem' (Nicolson, 2002, Dyslexia, 8, 55-66), is how we can best translate what we know about this particular developmental disorder into practice to give each child the greatest opportunity of acquiring the enabling skill of literacy. To achieve this, and notwithstanding Nicolson's caveat on this point, we have to consider how we can best move from our sphere of expertise to a greater sphere of influence, both as individuals and as a community of research practitioners. In our response, we first consider aspects of Nicolson's general analysis of 'The Dyslexia Ecosystem' and then examine some of the specific objectives that have been proposed. Copyright © 2002 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)226-233
Number of pages8
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 18 Oct 2002


  • dyslexia
  • ecosystems


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