Multilinguistic Components of Spelling: An Overview Spelling is a window into a student's individual language system and, therefore, canprovide clues into the student's understanding, use, and integration of underlyinglinguistic skills. Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) should be involved in improvingstudents' literacy skills, including spelling, though frequently available measures ofspelling do not provide adequate information regarding critical underlying linguistic ... Article
Article  |   October 01, 2013
Multilinguistic Components of Spelling: An Overview
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  • Angela Barber
    Department of Communicative Disorders, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • Disclosure: Angela Barber has no financial or nonfinancial conflicts of interest related to the content of this article.
    Disclosure: Angela Barber has no financial or nonfinancial conflicts of interest related to the content of this article.×
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Article   |   October 01, 2013
Multilinguistic Components of Spelling: An Overview
SIG 1 Perspectives on Language Learning and Education, October 2013, Vol. 20, 124-128. doi:10.1044/lle20.4.124
SIG 1 Perspectives on Language Learning and Education, October 2013, Vol. 20, 124-128. doi:10.1044/lle20.4.124

Spelling is a window into a student's individual language system and, therefore, canprovide clues into the student's understanding, use, and integration of underlyinglinguistic skills. Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) should be involved in improvingstudents' literacy skills, including spelling, though frequently available measures ofspelling do not provide adequate information regarding critical underlying linguistic skillsthat contribute to spelling. This paper outlines a multilinguistic, integrated model of wordstudy (Masterson & Apel, 2007) that highlights the important influences of phonemicawareness, orthographic pattern awareness, semantic awareness, morphologicalawareness and mental graphemic representations on spelling. An SLP can analyze anindividual's misspellings to identify impairments in specific linguistic components andthen develop an individualized, appropriate intervention plan tailored to a child's uniquelinguistic profile, thus maximizing intervention success.

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