Reading skills in Down syndrome: an examination of orthographic knowledge

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dc.contributor Merrill, Edward C.
dc.contributor Ryan, Sarah M.
dc.contributor Swoszowski, Nicole C.
dc.contributor Scofield, Jason M.
dc.contributor Boles, David B.
dc.contributor.advisor Conners, Frances A. Loveall, Susan Janel 2017-03-01T16:51:31Z 2017-03-01T16:51:31Z 2013
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0001379
dc.identifier.other Loveall_alatus_0004D_11569
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract The primary purpose of the present study was to examine orthographic knowledge in a sample of individuals with Down syndrome (DS) in comparison to typically developing (TD) children matched on word identification ability. Phonological recoding was also compared across groups. A secondary purpose of the study was to estimate literacy rates in DS using parent reports. Results of the parent study revealed that most individuals with DS over the age of 5 years can read words. Results of the child study revealed that individuals with DS performed worse than TD controls on a measure of phonological recoding, but similarly on two measures of orthographic knowledge. Interestingly, the group with DS performed worse on a third measure of orthographic knowledge. The first two orthographic tasks both included real words as stimuli; the third orthographic task used letter patterns, but did not include real words. These results suggest that individuals with DS may have a relative strength in word-specific orthographic knowledge but not in general orthographic knowledge.
dc.format.extent 102 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Developmental psychology
dc.subject.other Cognitive psychology
dc.subject.other Experimental psychology
dc.title Reading skills in Down syndrome: an examination of orthographic knowledge
dc.type thesis
dc.type text University of Alabama. Dept. of Psychology Psychology The University of Alabama doctoral Ph.D.

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