Innovative Models of Phonological Awareness Education in University Curricula: The University of New Hampshire At the University of New Hampshire, we believe that educating children with literacy disorders is a responsibility that speech-language pathologists share with other professionals. The specific areas in which we feel speech and language involvement is necessary are described in the paragraphs that follow. We view reading and ... Article
Article  |   May 01, 1999
Innovative Models of Phonological Awareness Education in University Curricula: The University of New Hampshire
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  • Penelope Webster
    University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH
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Phonological Awareness
Article   |   May 01, 1999
Innovative Models of Phonological Awareness Education in University Curricula: The University of New Hampshire
SIG 1 Perspectives on Language Learning and Education, May 1999, Vol. 6, 33-35. doi:10.1044/lle6.1.33
SIG 1 Perspectives on Language Learning and Education, May 1999, Vol. 6, 33-35. doi:10.1044/lle6.1.33
At the University of New Hampshire, we believe that educating children with literacy disorders is a responsibility that speech-language pathologists share with other professionals. The specific areas in which we feel speech and language involvement is necessary are described in the paragraphs that follow.
We view reading and spelling disability as a developmental language disorder, in concert with the view expressed by Kamhi and Catts (1989)  and Catts and Kamhi (1999) . In keeping with this view, we believe it is essential that speech-language pathologists be prepared to diagnose the language bases for literacy problems and to intervene in those language areas deemed causative to the literacy problem. In addition to direct involvement in interdisciplinary team-based assessments and interventions, speech-language pathologists may play a role as consultants in the important decision-making processes regarding good practices in literacy instruction. While speech-language pathologists will not implement reading instruction itself, they will offer their expertise regarding the most appropriate reading and spelling programs for children, using each child’s unique language profile as the basis for those recommendations.
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