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EBP Compendium: Summary of Systematic Review

Predicting Reading Abilities from Oral Language Skills: A Critical Review of the Literature

Ekins, E., & Schneider, P. (2006).
Journal of Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology, 30(1), 26-45.

Indicators of Review Quality:

The review addresses a clearly focused question No
Criteria for inclusion of studies are provided Yes
Search strategy is described in sufficient detail for replication No
Included studies are assessed for study quality No
Quality assessments are reproducible N/A

Description: This is a systematic review of longitudinal studies investigating the ability of oral language measures to predict lower and higher level reading abilities in children.

Question(s) Addressed:

Question not specifically stated.

Population: Not stated

Intervention/Assessment: Oral language measures used to predict reading abilities. These included: phonological awareness, rapid automatized naming (RAN), expressive language, and receptive language.

Number of Studies Included: 13

Years Included: 1990 - 2001



Some oral language measures predict reading achievement and reading group membership.

Keywords: Language Disorders, Literacy, Written Language Disorders

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Added to Compendium: March 2012

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