The “Sound” Team: A Speech-Language Pathologist/Educator Collaboration in Early Literacy Development Early literacy initiatives seek to prevent and/or remediate difficulties with reading and writing before children enter a cycle of failure. I believe that speech-language pathologists can play a central role in strengthening these initiatives. Theoretically, I know that we have unique knowledge of the subsystems of language as they ... Article
Article  |   April 01, 2003
The “Sound” Team: A Speech-Language Pathologist/Educator Collaboration in Early Literacy Development
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  • Heather L. Sample
    Department of Elementary Education, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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School-Based Settings / Normal Language Processing / Attention, Memory & Executive Functions / Speech, Voice & Prosody / Articles
Article   |   April 01, 2003
The “Sound” Team: A Speech-Language Pathologist/Educator Collaboration in Early Literacy Development
SIG 16 Perspectives on School-Based Issues, April 2003, Vol. 4, 22-26. doi:10.1044/sbi4.1.22
SIG 16 Perspectives on School-Based Issues, April 2003, Vol. 4, 22-26. doi:10.1044/sbi4.1.22
Early literacy initiatives seek to prevent and/or remediate difficulties with reading and writing before children enter a cycle of failure. I believe that speech-language pathologists can play a central role in strengthening these initiatives. Theoretically, I know that we have unique knowledge of the subsystems of language as they relate to spoken and written language (Catts & Kamhi, 1999) as well as experience with collaborative consultation (Idol, Paolucci-Whitcomb, & Nevin, 1986). I also have a deeper conviction that comes from experience. From 1997–2000, I facilitated a successful district-wide initiative to address a specific oral language link to literacy - phonological awareness. This article will describe the evolution of the initiative. My goal is to provide an example of how collaboration can be structured to address important early literacy skills.
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