Relation between naming and literacy in children with Word-finding difficulties

Messer, David; Dockrell, Julie E. and Murphy, Nicola (2004). Relation between naming and literacy in children with Word-finding difficulties. Journal of Educational Psychology, 96(3) 462 -470.



Difficulties with picture naming tasks are associated with literacy problems. When given naming tasks, children with dyslexia are slower to produce words and have a higher proportion of errors (M. Wolf & P. G. Bowers, 1999). However, little is known about the relation between literacy and naming in other populations. This study investigated this relation in 20 children (age 6 years 6 months to 7 years 11 months) with word-finding difficulties. The children in the sample performed very poorly on assessments of naming, but unlike children with dyslexia, they were found to have decoding and spelling abilities within the normal range. In addition, their abilities on phonological awareness tasks were at a similar level to their decoding abilities. In contrast, their performance on reading comprehension and language comprehension measures was significantly worse than their performance on decoding, spelling, and rhyme awareness measures. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)(from the journal abstract).

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  • Item ORO ID
  • 7613
  • Item Type
  • Journal Item
  • ISSN
  • 0022-0663
  • Keywords
  • naming; literacy; word-finding difficulties; dyslexia; decoding and spelling abilities; phonological awareness; reading comprehension
  • Academic Unit or School
  • Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
  • Copyright Holders
  • © 2004 by the American Psychological Association
  • Depositing User
  • David Messer