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The relation between naming and literacy in children with word-finding difficulties

Messer, D and Dockrell, Julie and Murphy, Nicola (2004) The relation between naming and literacy in children with word-finding difficulties. Journal of Educational Psychology, 96. pp. 462-470. ISSN 0022-0663

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Abstract

Difficulties with picture naming tasks are associated with literacy problems. Children with dyslexia, when given naming tasks, are slower to produce words and have a higher proportion of errors (Wolf and Bowers, 1999). However, little is known about the relation between literacy and naming in other populations. This study investigates this relation in 20 children (aged 6:6 – 7:11) with word-finding difficulties (WFDs). The children in our sample performed very poorly on assessments of naming, but unlike children with dyslexia, were found to have decoding and spelling abilities within the normal range. In addition, their abilities on phonological awareness tasks were at a similar level to their decoding abilities. In contrast, performance on reading comprehension and language comprehension was significantly worse than for decoding, spelling and rhyme awareness. The implications of our findings for models concerned with understanding the relation between naming speed and literacy abilities are discussed.

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Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Psychology and Human Development
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Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2010 11:38
Last Modified: 23 May 2014 14:15
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