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Genese Warr-Leeper

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Dr. Genese Warr-Leeper is a professor in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Western Ontario, where she has been since 1978. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she is an active researcher and clinical speech-language pathologist in the area of language disorders in children. Dr. Warr-Leeper has spoken and published widely in the areas of assessment, treatment, and service delivery for at risk children and children with language disorders.

Dr. Warr-Leeper’s CLLRnet project involved facilitation of best practices in the delivery of service by speech-language pathologists, including computer-based interventions for phonological and language disorders. Additionally, she has developed, implemented, and evaluated developmental programs in 1) oral language, social communication, basic concepts, and literacy for young children who at risk, language disordered, or English as a second language and 2) programming for phonological awareness and narrative development in Kindergarten children.

The language and culture of my heritage is passed on to me orally. it's a different way off learning than how I am taught at school. How do I keep my traditional culture alive while learning to read and being immersed in the majority culture?

Reading is the core of learning and staying in school . improving reading skills with young Aboriginal children can open up the doors to future prospects.

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