Word Study and the Speech-Language Pathologist Speech-language pathologists, by trade, are pattern-seekers. They search for patterns in the speech sound errors of children. They examine patterns of behavior in the actions of children with autism. They investigate patterns of difficulties in the language of adults with aphasia. They seek such patterns because of their desire to ... Article
Article  |   October 01, 2004
Word Study and the Speech-Language Pathologist
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  • Kenn Apel
    Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS
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Professional Issues & Training / Speech, Voice & Prosody / Articles
Article   |   October 01, 2004
Word Study and the Speech-Language Pathologist
SIG 1 Perspectives on Language Learning and Education, October 2004, Vol. 11, 13-17. doi:10.1044/lle11.3.13
SIG 1 Perspectives on Language Learning and Education, October 2004, Vol. 11, 13-17. doi:10.1044/lle11.3.13
Speech-language pathologists, by trade, are pattern-seekers. They search for patterns in the speech sound errors of children. They examine patterns of behavior in the actions of children with autism. They investigate patterns of difficulties in the language of adults with aphasia. They seek such patterns because of their desire to determine the rule systems under which these behaviors, actions, or abilities are operating. Once they discover these rule systems, they then can be prescriptive in their interventions, setting appropriate and individual-specific goals (Wasowicz, Apel, & Masterson, 2003).
It should come as no surprise, then, that speech-language pathologists also can apply their pattern-seeking abilities to the assessment and treatment of deficient word study knowledge experienced by children, adolescents, and young adults. Their background knowledge in multiple areas of language serves as the perfect tool for conducting pattern analysis when engaged in the assessment and treatment of word study abilities.
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