ERIC Number: EJ1057850
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-May
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 61
Using a Multimodal Approach to Facilitate Articulation, Phonemic Awareness, and Literacy in Young Children
Pieretti, Robert A.; Kaul, Sandra D.; Zarchy, Razi M.; O'Hanlon, Laureen M.
Communication Disorders Quarterly, v36 n3 p131-141 May 2015
The primary focus of this research study was to examine the benefit of a using a multimodal approach to speech sound correction with preschool children. The approach uses the auditory, tactile, and kinesthetic modalities and includes a unique, interactive visual focus that attempts to provide a visual representation of a phonemic category. The research compared the effectiveness of traditional articulation therapy with this multimodal approach to articulation therapy for each of two 4-year-old children. Participants demonstrated severe articulation deficiencies in the presence of two very different receptive-expressive language profiles. The findings indicated that the multimodal intervention not only directly improved both participants' articulation abilities, but also enhanced their developing phonemic awareness and literacy skills. The analysis suggests that early speech sound intervention using a multimodal approach that emphasizes symbols may be more beneficial than a traditional articulation therapy approach for some children, because it promotes phonemic awareness and sound-symbol correspondence.
Descriptors: Speech Impairments, Preschool Children, Auditory Stimuli, Tactual Perception, Kinetics, Perceptual Development, Motion, Visual Stimuli, Intervention, Phonemics, Articulation (Speech), Language Impairments, Phonemic Awareness, Literacy, Orthographic Symbols, English, Phoneme Grapheme Correspondence, Language Acquisition, Phonological Awareness, Pretests Posttests, Multisensory Learning
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test; Preschool Language Scale