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Hidden reading difficulties: Identifying children who are poor comprehenders


Kelso, K and Whitworth, A and Parsons, R and Leitao, S, Hidden reading difficulties: Identifying children who are poor comprehenders, Learning Disability Quarterly, 45, (3) pp. 225-236. ISSN 0731-9487 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/0731948720961766


Poor comprehenders are a significant subgroup of poor readers who, due to their ability to read aloud accurately, are often difficult to identify. This study aimed to determine whether assessment using two oral language tasks, mapped onto the two components of the Simple View of Reading, would provide an efficient approach to identification. Children (N = 218) from School Years 3 to 6 (ages 7; 812; 1) attending two schools in Australia were assessed, and 45 identified as potential poor comprehenders, based on a profile of average phonological awareness but poor listening comprehension. Subsequent assessment of decoding and text reading comprehension confirmed 24 of these children to be poor comprehenders, consistent with reported prevalence rates. Five of these children were judged to be weak readers by their classroom teacher. The oral tasks alone overidentified this group; however, the findings suggest that using the tasks as an initial phase, followed up with a reading assessment, could be effective in identifying poor comprehenders, and reduce time spent in testing as this would only involve at-risk children.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:poor comprehenders, reading comprehension, identification
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Allied health and rehabilitation science
Research Field:Speech pathology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Allied health therapies (excl. mental health services)
UTAS Author:Whitworth, A (Professor Anne Whitworth)
ID Code:154826
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:4
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2023-01-11
Last Modified:2023-01-11

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