Contrary to popular belief, spelling is a linguistic skill, not a memorization skill. And because it is, speech-language pathologists (SLPs) are uniquely suited to assess and improve students' spelling and literacy skills. These two key points will be discussed by a researcher who will be presenting his findings during the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Annual Convention in San Diego this week.
ASHA member Kenn Apel, of Florida State University, says the "Friday Spelling Test" should be abandoned and, instead, children should learn the linguistic nature of words instead of simply memorizing how to spell.
"Some teachers treat spelling as a memorization skill instead of requiring students to think about the sounds, letter patterns, and meaning of words," Apel says. "SLPs are able to determine why students struggle to spell and read and then design an intervention that targets those causes."
Apel will discuss his findings at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 19, in Room 27A in the San Diego Convention Center (Atom and Eave: Creating Better Spellers, Session SC28).
His presentation is part of ASHA's Annual Convention, which begins November 17 at the San Diego Convention Center. The Convention will feature 3 days of workshops, paper sessions, poster presentations, and the Keynote Session by Jill Bolte Taylor, author of the best-selling book, My Stroke of Insight. The Convention runs through Saturday, November 19.
About the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
ASHA is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for more than 145,000 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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