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ERIC Number: EJ929069
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 54
ISSN: ISSN-0964-2633
Home Literacy Environments, Interest in Reading and Emergent Literacy Skills of Children with Down Syndrome versus Typical Children
Ricci, L.
Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, v55 n6 p596-609 Jun 2011
Background: The present study examined home literacy environments, children's interest in reading and emergent literacy skills of pre-school-aged children with Down syndrome (DS; n = 20), school-aged children with DS (n = 17) and typically developing children (n = 18) matched on chronological age with the younger DS group and mental age (MA) with the older DS group. Method: Parents filled out questionnaires on their home literacy environments and their children's interest in reading. School-aged children with DS and typical children were assessed on cognitive functioning, receptive vocabulary, alphabet knowledge, familiarity with print conventions and comprehension of meaning. Results: School-aged children with DS and typical children--as opposed to pre-school-aged children with DS--were exposed to more literacy-rich home environments and had greater interest in reading. School-aged children with DS also outperformed the MA-matched typical group on letter and sight word knowledge and familiarity with print conventions. Conclusions: Parents of children with DS tailor home literacy environments to their children's developmental levels. Confirming earlier studies, children with DS achieved some higher literacy skills than what was expected for their MA, emphasising the importance of early reading interventions for this population.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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