Dutch home-based pre-reading intervention with children at familial risk of dyslexia
A research team investigation of children (5 and 6 years old, n=30) at familial risk of dyslexia who received a home-based intervention that focused on phoneme awareness and letter knowledge in the year prior to formal reading instruction.
The children were compared to a no-training at-risk control group (n=27), which was selected a year earlier. After training, we found a small effect on a composite score of phoneme awareness (d=0.29) and a large effect on receptive letter knowledge (d=0.88).
In first grade, however, this did not result in beneficial effects for the experimental group in word reading and spelling. Results are compared to three former intervention studies in The Netherlands and comparable studies from Denmark and Australia.