Poster E52, Monday, March 27, 2:30 – 4:30 pm, Pacific Concourse
Better maternal reading fluency is related to stronger functional connectivity in future reading networks in preschool children
Tzipi Horowitz-Kraus1, John Hutton2, K. J Philean2, Scott Holland2; 1Technion, 2Cincinnati Childre's Hospital Medical Center
The American Academy of Pediatrics supports shared reading starting from birth due to evidence showing that language exposure in early development is a facilitator for future language and cognitive abilities. These recommendations are accompanied by evidence of the positive effect of high home literacy environment on brain development related to language processing and reading. However, the quality and quantity of shared parent-child reading is a consequence of the parent’ reading ability. The aim of the current study was to explore the effect of the parent reading ability on functional connectivity of the child’s future reading network, comprised of neural circuits related to visual processing, language and cognitive control during narrative comprehension. Twenty-two 3-4 years old girls and their mothers participated in the current study. Children were asked to listen to stories while functional MRI data was collected. Mother’s reading ability (fluency and word reading accuracy) were assessed separately. Mothers reading accuracy and fluency scores were correlated with functional connectivity in the child’s reading and language networks. Results pointed at greater functional connectivity in the child’s networks when listening to stories (Fig 1) as a function of the mothers’ fluency scores but not with the mother’s accuracy scores (Fig 2). These results highlights the importance of mother’s reading fluency on facilitating the child’s future reading network. Implications regarding joint reading are discussed.
Topic Area: LANGUAGE: Development & aging