trudy.krajenbrink [at] mq.edu.au Academic / personal website The nature of acquired dysgraphia: Patterns of impairment and rehabilitation
Brain damage can cause people to have difficulty spelling. My PhD focuses on 1) the nature of the different types of spelling impairment, and 2) on treatment of these impairments. First, a better understanding of the different types of deficits people can have, can inform our understanding of both the type of impairment, and of the process of spelling in general. Second, treatment for these spelling impairments usually improves the words that have been practiced in treatment, but sometimes untreated words also improve. Surprisingly little is known about this generalisation process: Do treated and untreated words need to be related? Does the individual’s underlying impairment play a role? Can we predict when generalisation will occur? The second part of my PhD aims to answer these questions through a literature review, as well as a treatment study with two individuals with spelling impairments. A better understanding of generalisation will improve our comprehension of the spelling process and will help make treatments more effective.
I am currently working as a postdoctoral research officer at the Centre for Cognition and its Disorders (CCD) at Macquarie University in Sydney, working on various projects. I have started a research project investigating the nature of spelling impairments as well as options for treatment of primary progressive aphasia. Furthermore, I continue to work on a project investigating the development of sub-lexical spelling abilities in children. Finally, I am involved in a project with the Audiology department investigating listening effort in conversation.