Early Literacy Skill Growth in Spanish-Speaking Children With and At Risk for Disabilities in Early Childhood

Alisha K. Wackerle-Hollman, Lillian K. Durán, Alejandra Miranda

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Abstract

For young Spanish–English dual language learners (SE-DLLs), early literacy skills, including phonological awareness and alphabet knowledge in Spanish as well as English, are crucial to their reading success. However, there is a lack of research about how SE-DLLs develop early literacy skills, and how their rates of performance can inform evidence-based intervention. This article examined to what degree SE-DLLs with disabilities or at risk for later reading difficulties on early literacy skills demonstrated growth on English and Spanish measures of early literacy when compared with their typically developing peers. Hierarchical linear modeling was used to analyze growth for 325 SE-DLLs on four Individual Growth and Development Indicators that assessed phonological awareness and alphabet knowledge in English and Spanish. Results indicated that at-risk and typically developing children showed significant slopes for all measures and that at-risk children grew faster than typically developing children on Spanish alphabet knowledge measures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)24-38
Number of pages15
JournalTopics in Early Childhood Special Education
Volume40
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2020

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This work was supported in part by Grant R305A160077, Expanding Early Language and Literacy Spanish Individual Growth and Development Indicators to Monitor Progress: PM-S-IGDIs, from the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education.

Keywords

  • assessment
  • at risk for developmental delays/disabilities
  • bilingual
  • development
  • disability populations
  • literacy
  • screening

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