The growth of reading skills in children with Down Syndrome (pages 320–329)
Charles Hulme, Kristina Goetz, Sophie Brigstocke, Hannah M. Nash, Arne Lervåg and Margaret J. Snowling
Article first published online: 7 DEC 2011 | DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-7687.2011.01129.x
There appears to be a close and probably causal relationship between early variations in phoneme skills and later reading skills in typically developing children, though the pattern in children with Down Syndrome is less clear. We present the results of a 2-year longitudinal study of 49 children with Down Syndrome (DS) and 61 typically developing (TD) control children with similar initial levels of reading skill. Phoneme awareness and vocabulary were strong concurrent predictors of initial levels of reading skill in both groups.