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ERIC Number: EJ954696
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Sep
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1937-6928
Patterns of Change in the Reading Decoding and Comprehension Performance of Adolescents with Specific Language Impairment (SLI)
Palikara, Olympia; Dockrell, Julie E.; Lindsay, Geoff
Learning Disabilities: A Contemporary Journal, v9 n2 p89-105 Sep 2011
Specific Language Impairment (SLI) is associated with reading difficulties. The evidence to support this association, typically, is drawn from studies of elementary school children. Additionally, the extent of the relationship between language and reading skills during adolescence is not yet clear. This study aimed to examine the word reading and comprehension skills of adolescents with a history of SLI at the end of compulsory education in the UK. The study is framed within the Simple View of Reading and the two-dimensional model of reading as proposed by Bishop and Snowling (2004). Fifty-six young people, identified at the age of 8 as having SLI were assessed at 14 and 16 on a range of language and literacy measures. Results indicated that adolescents with a history of SLI were at higher risk of experiencing reading difficulties when compared with their typically developing peers. Single word decoding and receptive vocabulary were significant factors in explaining reading comprehension at the age of 16 for the adolescents with a history of SLI, a pattern that differed from that for their matched peers. Educational and clinical implications for the assessment and intervention of reading skills during secondary education are discussed. (Contains 2 figures and 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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