Early home-based intervention in the Netherlands for children at familial risk of dyslexia
Article first published online: 26 SEP 2008
Copyright © 2008 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Volume 15, Issue 3, pages 187–217, August 2009
How to Cite
van Otterloo, S. G., van der Leij, A. and Henrichs, L. F. (2009), Early home-based intervention in the Netherlands for children at familial risk of dyslexia. Dyslexia, 15: 187–217. doi: 10.1002/dys.376
- Issue published online: 15 JUL 2009
- Article first published online: 26 SEP 2008
- early intervention;
- familial risk;
- home-based intervention;
- phoneme awareness;
- reading disabilities
Dutch children at higher familial risk of reading disability received a home-based intervention programme before formal reading instruction started to investigate whether this would reduce the risk of dyslexia. The experimental group (n=23) received a specific training in phoneme awareness and letter knowledge. A control group (n=25) received a non-specific training in morphology, syntax, and vocabulary. Both interventions were designed to take 10 min a day, 5 days a week for 10 weeks. Most parents were sufficiently able to work with the programme properly. At post-test the experimental group had gained more on phoneme awareness than the control group. The control group gained more on one of the morphology measures. On average, these specific training results did not lead to significant group differences in first-grade reading and spelling measures. However, fewer experimental children scored below 10th percentile on word recognition. Copyright © 2008 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.