Journal article

The effect of conductive hearing loss on phonological awareness, reading and spelling of urban aboriginal students

N Walker, G Wigglesworth

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Audiology | Published : 2001


This study investigated differences in the phonological awareness, reading and spelling skills of Aboriginal children with and without, otitis media with effusion (OME) and conductive hearing loss. Participants were nine year 1 Aboriginal children with evidence of recent OME and ten control participants matched for grade level, socioeconomic status and Aboriginality. Four sub-tests of phonological awareness, the 10 Word Developmental Spelling Test and Freebody and Byrne's reading lists were administered to the children. Results indicated that OME and associated hearing loss during the early school years has a deleterious effect on the development of phonological awareness, and reading and sp..

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