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Auditory processing and the development of language and literacy

Bailey, P.J. and Snowling, M.J. (2002) Auditory processing and the development of language and literacy. British Medical Bulletin, 63 (1). pp. 135-146. ISSN 0007-1420

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This paper considers evidence for basic auditory processing impairments associated with dyslexia and specific language impairment, against a back-drop of findings from studies of the normal development of auditory and phonological processing. A broad range of auditory impairments have been implicated in the aetiology of these language-learning disorders, including deficits in discriminating the temporal order of rapid sequences of auditory signals, elevated thresholds for frequency discrimination and for detection of amplitude and frequency modulation, impaired binaural processing and increased susceptibility to backward masking. Current evidence is inconsistent, but suggests that not all children with language difficulties have non-verbal auditory processing impairments, and for those that do, the impact on language development is poorly understood. Some implications for clinical practice are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > Psychology (York)
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2009 14:43
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2009 14:43
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bmb/63.1.135
Status: Published
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Identification Number: 10.1093/bmb/63.1.135
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/5750

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