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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Kearns, Devin McCready
Author's Email Address devin.kearns@vanderbilt.edu
URN etd-08272010-160643
Title Describing the cognitive characteristics of reading disability
Degree PhD
Department Special Education
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Douglas Fuchs Committee Chair
Donald L. Compton Committee Member
Karla K. Stuebing Committee Member
Lynn S. Fuchs Committee Member
  • profile analysis
  • cognitive processes
  • attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder
  • dyscalculia
  • Reading disability
  • learning disability
  • dyslexia
  • math disability
Date of Defense 2010-08-26
Availability unrestricted
The present study examined cognitive correlates of reading disability (RD) as a function of comorbidity. Students with RD vs. RD+MD (math disability) vs. RD+ADHD (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) and RD+MD+ADHD (n = 212), as well as students typical achievement (TA, n =51) were tested on a large cognitive battery. Profile analysis, conducted to examine how the cognitive and reading profiles of these groups were alike and different, cognitive analysis revealed that, across subtypes, students with RD were particularly weak in phonological awareness and oral expression and relatively strong in visuospatial short-term memory relative to peers with TA. Among the RD subtypes, those with RD-only were less impaired on cognitive measures but the subtypes did not have different patterns of strength and weakness.
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