Mediating Literacy Skills in Spanish-Speaking Children With Special Needs The purpose of this article is to: (a) describe sources of variability in reading and spelling performance of children learning English as a second language, with a specific emphasis on Spanish-speaking children; (b) encourage teachers and clinicians to consider these differences when developing intervention plans; and (c) suggest specific intervention ... Clinical Forum
Clinical Forum  |   July 01, 1999
Mediating Literacy Skills in Spanish-Speaking Children With Special Needs
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Vera F. Gutierrez-Clellen
    Department of Communicative Disorders, College of Health … Human Services, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA 92182-1518
  • Corresponding author: e-mail: vclellen@mail.sdsu.edu
Article Information
Development / Cultural & Linguistic Diversity / Normal Language Processing / Attention, Memory & Executive Functions
Clinical Forum   |   July 01, 1999
Mediating Literacy Skills in Spanish-Speaking Children With Special Needs
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, July 1999, Vol. 30, 285-292. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.3003.285
History: Received February 21, 1999 , Accepted April 5, 1999
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, July 1999, Vol. 30, 285-292. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.3003.285
History: Received February 21, 1999; Accepted April 5, 1999

The purpose of this article is to: (a) describe sources of variability in reading and spelling performance of children learning English as a second language, with a specific emphasis on Spanish-speaking children; (b) encourage teachers and clinicians to consider these differences when developing intervention plans; and (c) suggest specific intervention procedures that might facilitate development of reading and spelling skills of Spanish-speaking children with language difficulties and limited English proficiency. An integrated approach to intervention is highlighted that addresses reading and spelling as reciprocal processes. Implementation of this approach is presented using various contexts for learning and strategies specific to developing second-language reading and writing skills.

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