chapter  18
18 Pages

Jim, a Case Study of Dyslexia in the United States: Peggy L. Anderson


Jim was born in a Colorado mountain community where he lived with his family until he moved to Denver two years ago. He currently lives with his younger brother and parents in a middle-class suburb. His father owns a retail ski shop in the mountain community and makes the 95-mile commute several times a week. His mother is a homemaker. Both parents have bachelor’s degrees and neither experienced any learning problems. However, other family members on both sides of the family have had reading diffi culties. The paternal grandfather, who is now 68, reported that he had dyslexia and was retained in fi rst grade. The mother’s brother had expressive language diffi culties and reading problems that affected his school achievement. Jim also has a cousin who was diagnosed with a reading disability.