This exploratory study measured the efficacy of an emergent literacy intervention program designed to support preschool children who have been identifi ed as having specific language impairments. Specifi cally, the study compares two intervention approaches — an experimental emergent literacy intervention and a traditional intervention based on traditional models of language therapy. It was hypothesized that the explicit emergent literacy approach would result in signifi cant gains in phonological and print awareness skills relative to a less structured traditional intervention approach. Results indicated that children in the emergent literacy intervention experienced greater gains in pre-literacy measures. The results hold important implications for service delivery models aimed at supporting preschool children with language impairments.
McNamara, J. K., Vervaeke, S., & Van Lankveld, J. (2008) An Exploratory Study of EmergentLiteracy Intervention for Preschool Childrenwith Language Impairments. Exceptionality Education International, 18, 9-32. Retrieved from http://ir.lib.uwo.ca/eei/vol18/iss1/2