Promoting Early Literacy for a Child in Foster Care Beginning first grade with limited literacy skills creates a disadvantage for academic success. Alphabet knowledge, phonological awareness, and oral language skills are crucial for age-appropriate performance within most first grade curricula. Home literacy environments can help to create positive literacy and language experiences, but many children do not have stable ... Article
Article  |   September 29, 2017
Promoting Early Literacy for a Child in Foster Care
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  • Kelly Farquharson
    Communication Sciences and Disorders, Emerson College, Boston, MA
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Development / School-Based Settings / Normal Language Processing / Part 3
Article   |   September 29, 2017
Promoting Early Literacy for a Child in Foster Care
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, September 2017, Vol. 2, 117-123. doi:10.1044/persp2.SIG1.117
History: Received February 27, 2017 , Accepted April 11, 2017
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, September 2017, Vol. 2, 117-123. doi:10.1044/persp2.SIG1.117
History: Received February 27, 2017; Accepted April 11, 2017

Beginning first grade with limited literacy skills creates a disadvantage for academic success. Alphabet knowledge, phonological awareness, and oral language skills are crucial for age-appropriate performance within most first grade curricula. Home literacy environments can help to create positive literacy and language experiences, but many children do not have stable homes in which to learn, thrive, and feel safe. In this case study, background information is presented for a child who is currently in foster care and has weak early literacy skills. Assessment and intervention plans are reviewed and recommendations for the foster parent are provided.

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