Development of a Tool to Screen Risk of Literacy Delays in French-Speaking Children: PHOPHLO.

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Literacy is crucial for success, both professionally and personally. Oral language skills are closely related to literacy development in children. When a child has weak oral language skills, they will have difficulty achieving reading and writing competencies within the expected time frame. In this paper, we present results from a longitudinal and cross-sectional study of the relationship between oral language skills in pre-literate children, and one aspect of their literacy skills in early elementary school—specifically, spelling. The study was conducted with French-speaking children and French-language learners from Quebec, a population that has been understudied in this area. We developed a predictive tool that will allow teachers and other professionals to assess oral language skills in young children and to predict those children at risk for literacy difficulties. Specifically, we screened children’s speech perception, speech production, phonological awareness, and morphology production abilities at entry to first grade and predicted spelling skills at the end of second grade. The screening tool that we developed proved to have a sensitivity of 71% and a specificity of 93% as a screen for poor spelling abilities.

Canadian Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 41(3), 321-340
Alexandre Herbay
Alexandre Herbay
Scientifique & Développeur

Mes intérets incluent l’informatique, l’IA, les sciences de la données, les neurosciences cognitives et la linguistique.