Reading research in aphasia has focused on single word or sentence stimuli to determine types of reading errors. In non-brain injured children and adults, miscue analysis has been performed in oral reading, yet there are limited miscue analysis studies that include persons with aphasia. The current study aims to compare and contrast reading miscues in oral reading performance in a person with aphasia (PWA), “Andres,” and a non-brain injured person, “Scott,” who was matched for education, age, and occupation. Following baseline linguistic testing, the individuals read aloud a paragraph from four different novels (each ranging from 9.9 to 14.9 Flesch-Kincaid grade level). The researcher analyzed the audio and videotaped materials for error patterns, using a modification of Goodman’s “miscue analysis” (Goodman & Burke, 1973). Results demonstrated the PWA, Andres, performed at a slower oral reading rate than the normal participant, Scott, for all reading levels. Andres exhibited 167 miscues with the highest number of miscues (45) occurring in The Scarlet Letter (14.9 reading level). Scott exhibited 30 miscues with the highest number of miscues (12) occurring in The Awakening (9.9 reading level). Oral reading rate and reading strategies may have played a role in the differences between Andres and Scott.
October 17th, 2016
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