Early precursors of reading problems. (completed)
Bente E. Hagtvet, Erna Horn, Liv Lassen, Kirsti Lauvås, Solveig A.H. Lyster.
Funding, UiO and The Norwegian Research Council.
About the project
The study included 170 children at familial risk of dyslexia and 300 controls from uanaffected families who were studied cross-sectionally. The aim of the study was to explore the developmental links between early linguistic, cognitive and emotional factors and later problems with written language. The children were followed from age 2 through age 9. Findings suggest that approx. 50% of the at risk children sruggled in learning to read and write. Longitudinally there were significant relationships between general language skills at age 2 and reading comprehension at age 9. Phonological awareness at ages 5 and 6 was a particularly powerful facilitator of early reading accuracy, which again facilitated speeded reading and reading comprehension.