ERIC Number: ED195980
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Sep
Early Identification of Language-Learning Disabled Children.
Richman, Lynn C.; Harper, Dennis C.
Neuropsychological theorizing has led to applied learning disability screening beyond the present knowledge of neurodevelopment of the five-year-old child. A study was undertaken to evaluate the stability and prediction of a language/general intelligence discrepancy at an early age (4.5) to a language/learning disability at a later age (7.8). Subjects included 51 children who were identified as having a language-learning disability at ages seven to eight. All children with identifiable hearing loss or neurological deficit were excluded. The criteria for language-learning disability was a low verbal/high performance WISC profile and an identified reading disability of at least one year below age expectation on the Wide Range Achievement Test. Results indicated that early discrepancy scores between language and general intelligence are suggestive of later language-learning disability. This provides support for a linear developmental approach to language discrepancy as an early predictor of reading failure. (HOD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (Montreal, Canada, September 1-5, 1980).