Theme Leaders: Terrance M. Neary, University of Alberta. Susan Rvachew, McGill University
Oral language skills form the foundation for the development of literacy and are essential to social,
academic, and economic success across the lifespan. Language processing forms the link between the
realm of auditory experience (whistles, pops, buzzes and hisses) and the world of discrete symbols of
communication (speech sounds, syllables, words and sentences). Many aspects of language ability are
correlated with reading ability. In particular, the knowledge that spoken words can be segmented into
abstract units that represent individual speech sounds (i.e., phonological awareness) is the best known
predictor of the rate of reading acquisition.
The goals of Theme III are 1) to expand knowledge of the relationships between children's skills in
the areas of auditory processing, oral language, and literacy; 2) to identify ways to facilitate the
development of oral language skills; and 3) to find ways to identify, and intervene effectively with,
children who are at risk for delayed or disordered language development.
Investigation of the Processes Underlying Developmental Coordination Disorder and Learning Disability: Determining Optimal Diagnostic Measures
Preventing Literacy Defecits in Children with Articulation/Phonological Disorders
Efficacy Research with Down Syndrome: Interventions Designed to Impact Reading Ability
Language Stimulation and Intervention in Day Care Centres
A Proposal for the Development and Testing of Computer Software to Teach Children to Read and Spell
A Longitudinal Study of Children Enrolled in Early Intervention and Prevention Programs: A National Perspective
Impact of Early Onset Otitis Media on Speech Perception and Production Skills in Infancy
Measuring, modeling, and maximizing the spoken language intelligibility and spelling strategies of children with Dysarthria
Acoustic properties of children's voices and their impact on communication
Facilitating practice change by Speech Language Pathologists: Phonological Disorders and computer-based interventions
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