Speaking At First Nations Special Education Sharing Forum – Striving Forward: Supporting Student Success



APRIL 17, 2019

Phonological Awareness and Incorporating Multisensory Instruction

There is an abundance of research on the importance of Phonological Awareness and its role in the development of word-level reading skills. Phonological Awareness refers to the ability to attend to the phonological structure (sounds) of language, or how oral language can be divided into smaller components and manipulated.  It has been shown that lack of phonemic awareness is often associated with difficulty in learning to read and new research by David Kilpatrick indicates that advanced phonemic awareness is critical to becoming a fluent reader.  The good news is that phonological awareness can be developed though carefully planned instruction starting at a young age.

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