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Language & Literacy: Phonemic Awareness

presented by Shari Robertson

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Financial: Shari Robertson receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.


Non-Financial: Shari Robertson has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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The National Reading Panel report has identified Phonemic Awareness, the ability to hear and understand how the sounds of spoken language work together to form words, as one of the critical skills for reading success. Children with speech and language disorders are at risk for delayed development of phonemic awareness for the same reasons they have difficulty extracting information from the spoken environment for language processing. Consequently, targeting phonemic awareness is an appropriate and empirically-supported strategy for facilitating speech, language and literacy goals for children with communication disorders. This course will provide an overview of phonemic awareness along with multiple evidence-supported strategies to facilitate phonemic awareness tasks for children with and without accompanying speech and/or language delay.

Meet Your Instructor

Shari Robertson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Shari Robertson, Ph.D. CCC-SLP, is a Professor of Speech Language Pathology and Dean’s Associate for Graduate Studies at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Robertson spent 18 years as a school-based SLP and special education administrator prior to obtaining her Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She recently served on the ASHA Board of Directors as…

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1. Introduction to Phonemic Awareness

This chapter will provide an overview of the role of phonemic awareness in the development of literacy and communication. This will include a brief overview of the research, a discussion of the relationship between phonological awareness and phonemic awareness, and the application of phonemic awareness tasks to clinical intervention for communicative disorders.

2. Phoneme Identity and Phoneme Isolation

This chapter will demonstrate specific, evidence-supported strategies to address the phonemic awareness tasks of phoneme identify and phoneme isolation. This will include identification of children’s literature that can be used to facilitate these skills.

3. Strategies Targeting Phoneme Segmentation and Phoneme Blending

This chapter will demonstrate specific, evidence-supported strategies to address the phonemic awareness tasks of phoneme substitution, phoneme segmentation, and phoneme blending. This will include identification of children’s literature that can be used to facilitate these skills.

4. Strategies Targeting Phonemic Substitution, Addition, and Deletion

This chapter will cover phonemic awareness and its role in reading success. We will also cover the many sub-skills related to phonemic awareness, as well as intervention strategies and goals.

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