Department Kumamoto Health Science University Division of Speech-Language-HearingTherapy, Faculty of Health Science Kumamoto Health Science University Graduate School Division of Health Sciences, Graduate School of Health Sciences Position Associate Professor
|Presentation Theme||The relation between reading abilities and attention among school-aged extremely low-birth-weight children.|
|Conference||31st International Congress of Psychology|
|Publisher and common publisher||Isaki, M., Kanazawa, T., Kamada, J., Hinobayashi, T & Kitajima, H.|
|Details||Children born very low birth weight (VLBW, < 1,500 g) are have a high risk of reading difficulty. In this research, we tried to reveal that the reading abilities among VLBW children were associated with attention function.
The study protocol included the reading skill, phonological processing, naming speed and selective attention test at eight or nine years old. We compared the scores of tests between VLBW children and normal birth weight (NBW) children. Moreover, we examined the eye movements during reading words and non-words.
VLBW children had more numbers of fixations than NBW children during reading short words (4 letters) and non-words. But while reading long words (7 ~ 10 letters), there were no significant differences between groups. Then, VLBW children looked shorter than NBW children during reading non-words. These eye movements’ patterns of VLBW children corresponded to those of ADHD children with poor reading rather than children with dyslexia.