ERIC Number: ED444700
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Jul
Training Fathers To Develop Reading and Writing Skills in Young Children with Disabilities.
Ortiz, Robert W.; Stile, Stephen W.
The potential benefits of father participation in their children's reading and writing activities include improved literacy skills, increased bonding, and heightened self-esteem of both fathers and children. This paper identifies a training model for working with fathers--Project DADS. Using this model, early childhood professionals can foster male involvement in their children's literacy learning by describing benefits; suggesting appropriate activities, materials, and expectations; and providing ongoing, proactive feedback. The paper describes the steps in the Project DADS model: (1) recruitment; (2) authentic observation; (3) early social interaction; (4) reading books; (5) prewriting and writing; (6) environmental/incidental print; (7) school-home interaction; and (8) technology. (Contains 16 references.) (EV)
Descriptors: Beginning Reading, Beginning Writing, Childrens Writing, Disabilities, Early Experience, Emergent Literacy, Family Environment, Fathers, Literacy, Models, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Influence, Parent Role, Parents as Teachers, Preschool Children, Preschool Education, Program Descriptions
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Head Start National Research Conference (5th, Washington, DC, June 28-July 1, 2000).