Implications of Auditory Processing on Emergent Literacy Development of oral language is the premier accomplishment of childhood, and it is one that separates the young of our species from that of any other. To the casual observer, this feat is apparently effortless. Parents frequently report that toddlers, using single words and gestures to communicate, seem to ... Article
Article  |   May 01, 1998
Implications of Auditory Processing on Emergent Literacy
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  • Sandy Friel-Patti
    Callier Center for Communication Disorders, University of Texas-Dallas
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Article   |   May 01, 1998
Implications of Auditory Processing on Emergent Literacy
SIG 1 Perspectives on Language Learning and Education, May 1998, Vol. 5, 25-26. doi:10.1044/lle5.1.25
SIG 1 Perspectives on Language Learning and Education, May 1998, Vol. 5, 25-26. doi:10.1044/lle5.1.25
Development of oral language is the premier accomplishment of childhood, and it is one that separates the young of our species from that of any other. To the casual observer, this feat is apparently effortless. Parents frequently report that toddlers, using single words and gestures to communicate, seem to “explode” with language as vocabularies develop, syntax emerges, articulatory precision becomes clearer, and conversations begin. The transition that most children make to written language also appears seamless. Preschoolers begin to recognize their names in print, the names of familiar fast food stores, grocery stores, and more. To researchers in child language, the achievement of each of these milestones is appreciated at a different level because explanations for why and how language develops have engaged an entire scientific community for decades. The findings fascinate, tempt, and challenge us to learn more so that we can eventually understand both how and why in addition to what and when.
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