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ERIC Number: EJ790862
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Nov
Pages: 24
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 48
ISSN: ISSN-1076-9242
Early Language Development in Children with a Genetic Risk of Dyslexia
van Alphen, Petra; de Bree, Elise; Gerrits, Ellen; de Jong, Jan; Wilsenach, Carien; Wijnen, Frank
Dyslexia, v10 n4 p265-288 Nov 2004
We report on a prospective longitudinal research programme exploring the connection between language acquisition deficits and dyslexia. The language development profile of children at-risk for dyslexia is compared to that of age-matched controls as well as of children who have been diagnosed with specific language impairment (SLI). The experiments described concern the perception and production of grammatical morphology, categorical perception of speech sounds, phonological processing (non-word repetition), mispronunciation detection, and rhyme detection. The results of each of these indicate that the at-risk children as a group underperform in comparison to the controls, and that, in most cases, they approach the SLI group. It can be concluded that dyslexia most likely has precursors in language development, also in domains other than those traditionally considered conditional for the acquisition of literacy skills. The dyslexia-SLI connection awaits further, particularly qualitative, analyses. (Contains 4 tables and 6 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale