The High Stakes Literacy Game: Improving Literacy of Children with Disabilities through Squishy Books

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Research has provided ample evidence supporting the notion that interaction with books during early childhood enhances the development of reading skills (Bus, van IJzendorn, & Pellegrini, 1995; Dickinson & Smith, 1994; McKeown & Beck, 2004; Sénéchal & LeFevre, 2002). Additionally, we know there are substantial disparities in children’s experiences with language, vocabulary, and early literacy prior to entering kindergarten. These disparities have a lasting effect on later academic success (Catts, Hogan, & Fey, 2003; Hart & Risley, 1995: Snow, Burns, & Griffin, 1998). Children at greatest risk for poor language and literacy skills are young children who live in poverty and young children identified at-risk for developmental delays and disabilities.


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