The contribution of executive skills to reading comprehension.

TitleThe contribution of executive skills to reading comprehension.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsSesma HW, Mahone ME, Levine T, Eason SH, Cutting LE
JournalChild neuropsychology : a journal on normal and abnormal development in childhood and adolescence
Date Published2009 May

Although word recognition deficits (WRD) are a known cause of reading comprehension deficits (RCD), other contributions to RCD, including executive function (EF), have not been fully explored. We examined the contribution of EF (working memory and planning), along with attention, decoding, fluency, and vocabulary to reading comprehension in 60 children (including 16 WRD and 10 RCD), ages 9-15 years. After controlling for commonly accepted contributors to reading comprehension (i.e., attention, decoding skills, fluency, and vocabulary), EF continued to make a significant contribution to reading comprehension but not to word recognition skills. These findings highlight the need for consideration of the role of EF in RCD.

Alternate JournalChild Neuropsychol