ERIC Number: EJ784943
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Speech Development Patterns and Phonological Awareness in Preschool Children
Mann, Virginia A.; Foy, Judith G.
Annals of Dyslexia, v57 n1 p51-74 Jun 2007
To examine the association between speech production and early literacy skills, this study of 102 preschool children looked at phonological awareness in relation to whether children were delayed, typical, or advanced in their articulation of consonants. Using a developmental typology inspired by some of the literature on speech development (Kahn and Lewis, "The Kahn-Lewis phonological analysis", 1986; Shriberg, "Journal of Speech and Hearing Research" 36(1):105-140, 1993a), we found that failure to master the early-8 consonants and a greater prevalence of certain types of production errors were associated with deficient phonological awareness. We also found that children who made no consonant errors had advanced phonological awareness relative to other children in the sample. In all cases, both productive speech patterns and speech errors were more closely linked with rhyme awareness than with phoneme awareness. The association between speech production and rhyme awareness may provide some new directions for the early preschool assessment of risk for reading problems.
Descriptors: Reading Difficulties, Articulation (Speech), Phonological Awareness, Preschool Children, Rhyme, Emergent Literacy, Reading Skills, Phonemic Awareness, Preschool Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Preschool Education
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