Motor timing and precursor literacy skills in very young children

C.A. Wigley, Janet Fletcher, Jane Davidson, Simone Dalla Bella (Editor), Nina Kraus (Editor), Katie Overy (Editor), Christo Pantev (Editor), Joel S. Sydner (Editor), Mari Tervaniemi (Editor), Barbara Tillman (Editor), [No Value] Gottfried (Editor)

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It is generally agreed that efficiency in processing basic speech sounds is a strong indicator of literacy outcomes. However, there is some debate about the extent to which this capacity is encapsulated within the language system. We report results based on pretest data obtained in an early music training study investigating the relationship between a motor-rhythmic measure of ability (synchronous tapping) and the purported purely linguistically based processing measures, Rapid Automatized Naming (RAN) and Phonological Awareness (PA). Results suggest that RAN ability relies to some extent on nonlinguistic temporal processing skills.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)512-515
JournalAnnals of the New York Academy of Sciences
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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