“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you will go.” Dr. Seuss
Helping students with communication disorders that negatively impact their reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills is what my work as a speech-language pathologist in an elementary/middle school in New York City is all about.
Our diverse, low income school community includes many English language learners. We also serve students with academic and social challenges that require specialized interventions to enable them to access the curriculum. Many of my students’ reading and writing skills are below grade level. Their difficulties with decoding and encoding words negatively impacts their ability to understand what they read and to express their ideas, opinions, and perspectives.
Speech-language pathologists’ knowledge of normal and disordered language acquisition, and their clinical experience in developing individualized programs for children and adolescents, prepare them to provide intervention related to literacy development. My students struggle with literacy skills that include phonemic awareness (manipulating sounds in words), decoding (reading), and encoding (spelling/writing). Specific difficulties they experience include, but are not limited to, identifying and producing rhyming words, determining letter/sound correspondence, and segmenting/blending sounds in words. In addition to the core reading/writing instruction my students receive in the classroom, my students require, and benefit from, targeted, direct instruction with literacy skills. The Recipe for Reading program, which is based on The Orton Gillingham Approach, targets the five pillars of reading (phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension). With materials from this program, I will provide instruction that relies on visual, auditory and kinesthetic modalities. The provided lesson plans follow a research-based scope and sequence that addresses reading, spelling, and writing. The accompanying storybooks align with the lessons and foster students' fluency and decoding skills. Students successfully read books that are at their current level. As a result, their excitement about, motivation for, and interest in reading grows.
My students are in need of Recipe for Reading materials.
With your donation, my students will have the opportunity to learn, practice, and acquire the skills necessary to become successful readers, spellers, and writers. They will embark on the magical journey of discovery that literacy offers. For, as Kofi Annan said, “Literacy is, finally, the road to human progress and the means through which every man, woman and child can realize his or her full potential.”
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