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Henbest, Victoria S.; Apel, Kenn – Communication Disorders Quarterly, 2017
This article is a report of recent evidence on methods for teaching young and struggling readers to read words. Specifically, evidence comparing synthetic and analytic phonics instruction was reviewed as well as the benefit of instruction in encoding and morphological awareness. The evidence reviewed suggests that instruction in synthetic and…
Descriptors: Instructional Effectiveness, Reading Instruction, Evidence, Teaching Methods
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McLeod, Angela N.; Apel, Kenn – Communication Disorders Quarterly, 2015
We investigated the effect of a morphological awareness intervention on the morphological awareness and reading skills of a 6-year-old student who was struggling with early reading skills and had a history of speech and language impairment. We conducted a 7-week intervention designed to increase the student's awareness of affixes and the meaning…
Descriptors: Speech Impairments, Language Impairments, Young Children, Intervention
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Hall-Mills, Shannon; Apel, Kenn – Communication Disorders Quarterly, 2013
We evaluated the narrative and expository writing samples of 12 adolescents with language-learning disabilities (LLD) in Grades 6 to 12 for elements of microstructure (e.g., productivity, grammatical complexity) and macrostructure (genre-specific text structure elements) using an experimental measure. Writing samples were elicited with…
Descriptors: Learning Disabilities, Writing Tests, Adolescents, Writing Evaluation
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Apel, Kenn – Communication Disorders Quarterly, 2009
Word-level reading and spelling skills support reading comprehension and writing composition. Accurate and fluent word-level reading and spelling are facilitated when individuals have clear mental orthographic representations (MOR) that permit them to quickly recognize and recall the visual representation of a word, freeing up memory and…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Writing (Composition), Spelling, Investigations
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Champley, Jill; Scherz, Julie W.; Apel, Kenn; Burda, Angela N. – Communication Disorders Quarterly, 2008
The purpose of this preliminary study was to gather information related to reading abilities of typically aging older adults, the strategies that older adults use to improve reading comprehension, and the types and frequency of reading materials older adults use. Ninety-six adults, mostly college-educated volunteers between the ages of 65 and 79…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Reading Materials, Older Adults, Reading Ability