Exploring the phonological profiles of children with reading difficulties: A multiple case study

Mundy, Ian and Hannant, P (2020) Exploring the phonological profiles of children with reading difficulties: A multiple case study. Dyslexia. ISSN 1099-0909

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Studies of group differences have established that the phonological profiles of people with reading difficulties contain both strengths and weaknesses. The current study extends this work by exploring individual differences in phonological ability using a multiple case study approach. A heterogeneous sample of 56 children (M age = 9 years) with reading difficulties completed a battery of tasks measuring literacy, phonological processing, expressive vocabulary, and general ability. The phonological tasks included measures of phonological awareness (PA), phonological memory (PM), and rapid naming (RAN). A majority – although not all – of the children had phonological processing impairments. However, there was also substantial variability in the nature of children’s phonological difficulties. While multiple impairments encompassing two or more phonological domains were most common, impairments that were specific to PA, PM, or RAN also occurred frequently. Even within the domain of PA, where children completed three well-matched tasks, individual children were rarely impaired across all three measures and a number of different profiles were observed. Additional, group-level analyses indicated that PA was a significant predictor of decoding while RAN was a significant predictor of automatic word recognition and comprehension. Findings are discussed with reference to conceptual models of phonological processing and implications for assessment.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1002/dys.1667
14 July 2020Accepted
18 August 2020Published Online
Uncontrolled Keywords: Dyslexia, phonological awareness, phonological memory, RAN, multiple case study
Subjects: CAH04 - psychology > CAH04-01 - psychology > CAH04-01-01 - psychology (non-specific)
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences > Dept. Psychology
Depositing User: Ian Mundy
Date Deposited: 20 Aug 2020 08:06
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2022 15:42
URI: https://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/9709

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