Journal article

Prevalence of language and pre-literacy difficulties in an Australian cohort of 5-year-old children experiencing adversity

Jodie Smith, Penny Levickis, Roslyn Neilson, Fiona Mensah, Sharon Goldfeld, Hannah Bryson



BACKGROUND: Early reading success is predicated on language and pre-literacy skills. Children who are behind their peers in language and pre-literacy development before formal schooling are less likely to be proficient beginner readers, and difficulties may persist throughout primary school and beyond. We know children experiencing adversity are at greater risk of early language and pre-literacy difficulties; we do not know the prevalence of these difficulties in an Australian adversity context. AIMS: To investigate the prevalence and co-occurrence of language and pre-literacy difficulties in a cohort of Australian 5-year-old children experiencing social adversity. METHODS & PROCEDURES: Data..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

Awarded by NHMRC Career Development Fellowship

Awarded by NHMRC Practitioner Fellowship

Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the state governments of Victoria and Tasmania, the Ian Potter Foundation, Sabemo Trust, Sidney Myer fund, the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation, and the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) (grant number 1079418). The MCRI administered the research grant for the study and provided infrastructural support to its staff, but played no role in the conduct or analysis of the trial. Research at the MCRI is supported by the Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Support Program. Fiona Mensah was supported by an NHMRC Career Development Fellowship (grant number 1111160). Sharon Goldfeld was supported by an NHMRC Practitioner Fellowship (grant number 1155290). The funding bodies had no role in relation to the design and conduct of the study; collection, management, analysis and interpretation of the data; preparation, review or approval of the manuscript; and decision to submit the manuscript for publication.