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Children With Developmental Delays Respond To Rhyme, Rhythm, And Repetition When Learning To Read

ASHA Members Will Discuss Research And Implications During 2010 ASHA Convention In Philadelphia

Editors: First Author Available For Interviews During And After Convention

(Rockville, MD - November 20, 2010)  

Preschool professionals must provide a language-rich environment that includes literature that promotes rhyme, rhythm, and repetition to children with developmental delays, according to researchers who will be presenting their findings during the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Annual Convention in Philadelphia this week.

ASHA member Rae Schaper and her colleagues will discuss how the development of language and early reading skills has been identified as critical for kindergarten success and how at-risk children who often lack early literacy exposure and have language delays are more likely to perform poorly in school. Their research showed children with developmental delays who received literacy intervention that consisted of rhyme, rhythm, and repetition showed significant improvements relative to other developmentally delayed children who did not.

Schaper and colleagues will present their research "Reading + Repetition = Language Development for Preschoolers" (Session 0327) on Saturday, November 20, at 11:00 a.m. in Room 106A of the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Their presentation is part of ASHA's Annual Convention, which begins November 18 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The Convention will feature 3 days of workshops, paper sessions, poster presentations, and the Keynote Session by Nancy Goodman Brinker (Founder of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation), plus the Annie Glenn Award, which will be given to performing artist and "New Kid on the Block" Joey McIntyre. The Convention runs through Saturday, November 20.

These important findings are one example of the research being discussed during ASHA's Annual Convention. Audiologists and speech-language pathologists, as well as other speech, language, and hearing scientists, gather every year at ASHA's Convention to share their research with their colleagues. This sharing of information results in better care for the people they serve.

About the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
ASHA is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for more than 140,000 audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists. Audiologists specialize in preventing and assessing hearing and balance disorders as well as providing audiologic treatment including hearing aids. Speech-language pathologists identify, assess, and treat speech and language problems including swallowing disorders.

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