Prosodic awareness is related to reading ability in children with autism spectrum disorders

Renae Nash, Joanne Arciuli

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Abstract

Prosodic awareness has been linked with reading accuracy in typically developing children. Although children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) often have difficulty processing prosody and often have trouble learning to read, no previous study has looked at the link between explicit prosodic awareness and reading in ASD. In the current study, 29 early readers with ASD (5-11years) completed word and nonword reading accuracy tasks and two measures of prosodic awareness. Tasks relating to phonological awareness, oral language, vocabulary, letter knowledge and nonverbal intelligence were also administered. A key finding was that there was a relationship between prosodic awareness and both word and nonword reading accuracy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)72-87
Number of pages16
JournalJOURNAL OF RESEARCH IN READING
Volume39
Issue number1
Early online date19 Jan 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Autism
  • Speech therapists
  • Children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD)
  • Prosodic awareness
  • Reading accuracy

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