Encouraging literacy development in young children : therapy ideas for early intervention providers : an honors thesis (HONRS 499)

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Schmidt, Sarah E.
Thatcher, Karen L.
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Thesis (B.?.)
Honors College
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As early intervention providers, occupational therapists, physical therapists and speech-language pathologists have the opportunity to work with children ranging in age from birth to three. This is the best time for children to soak up the knowledge needed to develop literacy skills. Although the responsibility for laying the groundwork for emergent literacy would typically be considered the job of the speech-language pathologist, it is critical for any early intervention professional who works with a child to incorporate literacy activities into therapy.I compiled several handouts for early intervention providers which give specific activities that can be used to encourage literacy development during their therapy sessions. I also made lists of the items that should be included in a therapy kit in order to carry out the ideas on the handouts. Finally, I created a power point presentation that could be used with early intervention professionals or students outlining the importance of literacy skills for children as well as things to keep in mind when administering therapy.