Treatment in the Language and Literacy Clinic is research based and is comprehensive in its scope. The treatment is individualized for each client based on his or her needs. Treatment may address one or more of the five areas of language to be a "successful reader" as established by the National Reading Panel in 2001: phonological sensitivity, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and text comprehension. Treatment in the Language and Literacy Clinic focuses on the areas of phonological sensitivity, semantics, syntax, narrative and expository text structure in both oral and written language.
Treatment services are provided by graduate clinicians under the supervision of experienced, licensed and certified speech-language pathologists who are also faculty. Supervision is carried out in accordance with the guidelines mandated by the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA). Master Teachers with a specialization in reading encompass the phonics portion of our program and provide multisensory approaches to facilitate reading. Graduate students have the opportunity to collaborate with reading professors working directly with their clients optimizing the success of their clients.
Clients attend four to eight one- hour sessions of treatment each week. Frequency is dependent upon client needs. Individualized treatment plans are designed for each client targeting the specific area in need for remediation to improve oral and written language skills. Treatment is systematic in that it is organized in a logical order from easier to more difficult skills and explicit in that instruction is direct with feedback that is immediate and specific. A variety of books are utilized as platforms for specific treatments providing clients with authentic application of targeted goals addressed.
Treatment: The Language and Literacy Clinic includes reading instruction provided by reading specialists within a positive and nurturing environment. Two approaches which establish the foundation of the reading program at the Baylor Language and Literacy Clinic are the Sequential English Education (SEE) method and the Association Method. SEE is a multisensory structured language approach to teaching reading, writing, and spelling which emphasizes the mastery of the code of the English language, the alphabetic principle, and the phonetic system.
The Association Method utilizes a multisensory, teaching-learning strategy executed in an incremental and systematic manner. It was originally developed for deaf children and has been modified for language deficient children.