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Tie Between Preschoolers' Name-Writing Proficiency And Their Emergent Literacy Skills, Research Shows

ASHA Members WIll Discuss Research And Implications During 2010 ASHA Convention In Philadelphia

Editors: First Author Available For Interviews During And After Convention

(Rockville, MD - November 16, 2010)  

The more advanced that preschool children ages 4–5 were at writing their own name, the higher they scored on all emergent literacy measures, according to researchers who will be presenting their findings during the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Annual Convention in Philadelphia this week.

According to ASHA member Cynthia Puranik and her co-presenters, name writing has received a fair amount of attention because name writing is viewed by some literacy researchers as an excellent reflection of children's emergent literacy development.

Research indicates that children who were the most proficient name writers showed superior performance on reading-related tasks including alphabet knowledge, phonological awareness, and print awareness. Their research also shows that name-writing proficiency, not length of name, appears to be associated with preschool children's developing emergent literacy skills.

The researchers will discuss their findings on Thursday, November 18, at 8:00 a.m. in Hall C at the Pennsylvania Convention Center (Relationship Between Preschoolers' Name-Writing Proficiency & Emergent Literacy Skills, Session 1220, Poster Board 255).

Their presentation is part of ASHA's Annual Convention, which begins November 18 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The Convention will feature 3 days of workshops, paper sessions, poster presentations, and the Keynote Session by Nancy Goodman Brinker (Founder of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation),plus the Annie Glenn Award, which will be given to performing artist and "New Kid on the Block" Joey McIntyre. The Convention runs through Saturday, November 20.

These important findings are one example of the research being discussed during ASHA's Annual Convention. Audiologists and speech-language pathologists, as well as other speech, language, and hearing scientists, gather every year at ASHA's Convention to share their research with their colleagues. This sharing of information results in better care for the people they serve.


About the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
ASHA is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for more than 140,000 audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists. Audiologists specialize in preventing and assessing hearing and balance disorders as well as providing audiologic treatment including hearing aids. Speech-language pathologists identify, assess, and treat speech and language problems including swallowing disorders. 


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