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3:00 PM – 6:30 PM EDT

Promoting the Acquisition of Literacy Skills in At-Risk Preschoolers

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When children enter kindergarten, they are not all equally predisposed to acquire literacy skills at the optimum rate. The risk for delayed acquisition of literacy is higher in two groups of children specifically: those who have received less exposure to pre-literacy experiences, especially in the school language; and those who are at biological risk of slower learning in the literacy domain, especially due to deficits in phonological processing. This session will explore predictors of literacy skills, following children from preschool age through the early school years.

Learning objectives:

  • Approaches to supporting the development of emergent literacy skills in these children will be presented.
  • Strategies that employ direct and indirect teaching and standard and digital materials will be described.
  • The particular risk factors experienced by young boys will be considered.


Intended Audience

Speech-Language Pathologists, Communication Health Assistants, Students

Age Group(s)

School Aged (5-17)