Literacy Services

The Literacy clinic offers year-round assessment and treatment of literacy skills.  Individualized, one-on-one literacy instruction may target the following skills:

  • Early Literacy Skills (e.g., Print motivation, print awareness, letter knowledge, narrative skills)
  • Phonological Awareness
  • Phonics
  • Vocabulary Development
  • Sight Word Development
  • Reading Fluency
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Spelling
  • Writing

Literacy

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Literacy is a language based skill and a child’s overall literacy development is strongly related to his/her oral language proficiency.  Children who present with early speech-language impairments are likely to encounter difficulty with development of literacy skills as they reach school age. The acquisition of oral language skills begins at a young age, before students begin focusing on print-based concepts such as sound-symbol correspondence and decoding. As these skills are often developed early in life, children with limited oral language ability at the time they enter kindergarten are typically at a distinct disadvantage.  Specifically, children with a history of oral language impairment are more likely to present with reading difficulties than the general population. Some research has identified this increased likelihood of experiencing difficulty with literacy development to be as great as 4-5 times more likely than their peers.

Instruction in the literacy track is provided by first-year graduate clinicians who are supervised by Professor Geoffrey Greenman, M.A., CCC-SLP.  Literacy instruction is based on multi-sensory principles that incorporate visual, auditory, and tactile (i.e., touch) feedback in order to optimize student success.  Depending on the student’s specific literacy needs, specific evidence-based literacy programs, including Orton-Gillingham, Phono-Graphix, and The Wilson Reading Program may be utilized to facilitate a student’s specific literacy needs.  Furthermore, literacy sessions are structured to be both motivating and engaging to the student.  Following weekly sessions, homework will be provided to carry-over skills that were targeted.

Geoffrey Greenman

Geoffrey Greenman is the primary supervisor for the Literacy specialty track and also provides supervision in the Accent Modification specialty clinic.