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A diagnostic profile of gerstmann's syndrome: a case study

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The authors present a diagnostic profile of Gerstmann's syndrome, the subject being a girl, aged 10 years 3 months, right-handed, and at the time of this study in her fourth school year (Grade 4). The subject's verbal and non-verbal IQ scores and additional assessment data were analyzed and summative responses given. The Senior South African Individual Scale - Revised was administered to determine the intellectual functioning of the subject. A qualitative analysis of the results revealed average intellectual functioning on both the verbal and full scales. The non-verbal scale revealed low average intellectual functioning. The difference between the verbal scale IQ and the non-verbal scale IQ was statistically significant at the 5% level of reliability. Based on the scatter analysis it is evident that the subject experienced difficulties with regards to numerical reasoning, handwriting, spatial disorientation and difficulty in mental manipulation of images, as associated with Gerstmann's syndrome.

Keywords: Dyscalculia; Dysgraphia; Finger agnosia; Gerstmann's syndrome; Right-left disorientation

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Department of Educational Psychology, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, 0001, South Africa 2: PO Box 2034, Department of Anatomy, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, 0001, South Africa

Publication date: 2003-10-01

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