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The Connections between Language and Reading Disabilities: Current Findings and Future Directions
March 27-29, 2003

Researchers have learned a great deal about the causes of impaired reading by studying the relationship between early word reading and speech sound awareness and memory. This investigation has now broadened to include other aspects of language development in children and its impact on various components of reading.

Our March 2003 conference included scholars in cognitive neuroscience, psychology, education, and speech and language sciences. They discussed new empirical findings and identified collaborative approaches that will be effective in identifying and helping children at risk for reading disabilities. 

The Connections between Language and Reading Disabilities (2005) is published by Taylor and Francis >>,and includes new research by many of these scholars. Editors of the book are Hugh W. Catts and Alan G. Kamhi.

photo of conference participants

Conference Participants
Seated left to right: Christiana Leonard, Steven Warren, Richard Schiefelbusch,
Mabel Rice, Hugh Catts, Reid Lyon, Linda Lombardino, and Diane Badgley
Standing left to right: Richard Olson, Frank Manis, Guinevere Eden, James Booth, 
Brian Byrne, Alan Kamhi, David Francis, and Joy Simpson
not pictured: Hollis Scarborough

photo by Tim Trumble

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