Descriptive Study of Reading Comprehension Skills in Individuals with Down Syndrome

Hubbard, Katherine (2019) Descriptive Study of Reading Comprehension Skills in Individuals with Down Syndrome. Undergraduate thesis, under the direction of Susan Loveall from Communication Sciences and Disorders, The University of Mississippi.

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Problem Statement: Previous research has documented that individuals with Down syndrome are able to read and have identified strengths and weakness demonstrated within the reading domain, but research on their reading comprehension abilities is scarce. Purpose: The purpose of this study was to analyze strengths and weaknesses of reading comprehension in individuals with Down syndrome, including within the word identification and language comprehension subdomains. Methods: Reading comprehension, word identification, phonological decoding, language comprehension, vocabulary, and syntax were the dependent variables in this study. Nine standardized assessments/subtests were used to measure these variables in 11 adolescents and adults with Down syndrome. Results: The results of this study revealed relative strengths in word identification, phonological decoding, and vocabulary. Weaknesses were found in reading comprehension, language comprehension, and syntax. Significant correlations were found between language comprehension and reading comprehension. Discussion: The results of this study suggest that language comprehension may have a strong impact on reading comprehension success in individuals with Down syndrome.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Creators: Hubbard, Katherine
Student's Degree Program(s): B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders
Thesis Advisor: Susan Loveall
Thesis Advisor's Department: Communication Sciences and Disorders
Institution: The University of Mississippi
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Depositing User: Ms. Katherine Hubbard
Date Deposited: 10 May 2019 15:50
Last Modified: 10 May 2019 15:50

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