Literacy skills of children born preterm

Holm, Alison and Crosbie, Sharon (2010) Literacy skills of children born preterm. Australian Journal of Learning Difficulties, 15 1: 51-69. doi:10.1080/19404150903524549

Author Holm, Alison
Crosbie, Sharon
Title Literacy skills of children born preterm
Journal name Australian Journal of Learning Difficulties   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1940-4158
Publication date 2010-05
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/19404150903524549
Volume 15
Issue 1
Start page 51
End page 69
Total pages 19
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Abstract Most children born preterm are considered neurologically normal and free of disability. However in follow-up studies at school age, preterm children, born without major impairment, have been shown to have lower cognitive abilities and associated academic, social and behavioural difficulties. This study investigated the literacy, phonological awareness and language abilities of 169 preterm (<33 weeks gestational age) and 141 fullterm born children aged between 5 and 12 years. Reading, spelling, phonological awareness skills, language and cognitive skills were assessed. The results indicate the preterm children were significantly poorer across all domains assessed in comparison to their fullterm classmates. However, the results of the preterm children do not significantly differ to the standardised assessment populations. Spelling was particularly vulnerable in preterm children and a higher number were identified with speech difficulties. The study also provided further evidence for the strong relationship that exists between language ability, phonological skills and literacy.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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Created: Wed, 12 Oct 2011, 21:04:41 EST by Alison Holm on behalf of Obstetrics & Gynaecology - RBWH