Phonological processing deficits and oral fluency in dyslexic children
Canady, Edith Shepherd
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In an effort to determine if errors in the oral language production in a small sample of dyslexic children were related to some aspect of phonological processing, a descriptive and experimental language battery was administered to six boys defined as dyslexia-pure using Hughes and Denckla's (1978) criteria. The question explored was: Is there a relationship between phonological processing abilities, word-finding abilities and syntactic abilities in both narrative and conversational productive language samples in a well-defined group of dyslexic children? The subjects selected for this study were given phonological screening tasks to confirm phonological processing difficulties. Results of the descriptive and experimental language batteries indicate the presence of filled pauses before content words; the aid of phonemic cueing for word retrieval; the presence of morphophonemic errors in conversational language production; and no observable articulation errors.