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Children's Comprehension Problems in Oral and Written Language: A Cognitive Perspective

Children's Comprehension Problems in Oral and Written Language: A Cognitive Perspective

by Kate Cain DPhil, Jane Oakhill DPhil


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ISBN-13: 9781593858322
Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date: 05/07/2008
Series: Challenges in Language and Literacy
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 302
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 6 - 12 Years

About the Author

Kate Cain, DPhil, is a Reader in the Department of Psychology at Lancaster University. Her research and publications focus on the development of language comprehension in children, with a particular interest in the skill deficits that lead to comprehension problems. Dr. Cain’s recent journal articles report investigations into the relations that exist between children’s reading comprehension and their inference-making skill, knowledge of narrative structure, interpretation of figurative language, vocabulary-learning mechanisms, and memory processes. She is an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders and the Journal of Research in Reading.  
Jane Oakhill, DPhil, is a Professor of Experimental Psychology at the University of Sussex. Since completing her doctorate on the topic of children’s problems in reading comprehension, she has worked on various research projects--including deductive reasoning in children and adults, circadian variations in human performance, and adult language comprehension--but has always maintained a research interest in children’s reading comprehension, particularly individual differences. Dr. Oakhill has published widely on children’s reading comprehension. In 1991 she received the British Psychological Society’s Spearman Medal; she was elected to a Fellowship of the Society in 2005.    

Table of Contents

I. Comprehension Processes and Impairments in Typically Developing Children

1. Introduction to Comprehension Development, Jane Oakhill and Kate Cain

2. Reading Comprehension Difficulties: Correlates, Causes, and Consequences, Kate Cain and Jane Oakhill

II. Comprehension Impairments in Children with Developmental Disorders

3. Comprehension Difficulties in Children with Specific Language Impairment and Pragmatic Language Impairment, Nicola Botting

4. Language Comprehension Difficulties in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Susan Leekam

5. Story Comprehension Impairments in Children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Elizabeth P. Lorch, Kristen S. Berthiaume, Richard Milich, and Paul van den Broek

6. Reading Comprehension and Working Memory in Children with Learning Disabilities in Reading, H. Lee Swanson, Crystal B. Howard, and Leilani Sáez

III. Comprehension Impairments in Association with Neurological Damage and Sensory Impairment

7. Comprehension in a Neurodevelopmental Disorder, Spina Bifida Myelomeningocele, Marcia A. Barnes, Amber M. Johnston, and Maureen Dennis

8. Impaired Discourse Gist in Pediatric Brain Injury: Missing the Forest for the Trees, Lori G. Cook, Sandra B. Chapman, and Jacquelyn F. Gamino

9. The Comprehension of Skilled Deaf Readers: The Roles of Word Recognition and Other Potentially Critical Aspects of Competence, Leonard P. Kelly and Dragana Barac-Cikoja

IV. Conclusions

10. Cognitive Bases of Children’s Language Comprehension Difficulties: Where Do We Go from Here?, Kate Cain and Jane Oakhill

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