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Kate Cain, University of Lancaster
My research concerns the different cognitive and language-related skills that underpin the development of reading and listening comprehension, both in atypical and typical populations. To date, this work has identified several higher-level skill weaknesses that may be causally linked to poor comprehension, including the ability to generate inferences, knowledge and use of reading strategies, and the ability to construct coherent and integrated narratives. My work has confirmed that these skills predict reading comprehension development between 8 to 11 years. Current projects include longitudinal investigations of the language skills that underpin reading development in monolingual and bilingual samples, the use of narrative to foster the foundations of reading comprehension, and the use of technology in relation to learning in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Details of my publications.