Multisensory structured language literacy intervention (Bowers & Ramsdell, 2023)
Purpose: Dyslexia is increasingly being defined, assessed, diagnosed, and treated in the educational system. The purpose of this clinical focus article is to elucidate ways in which speech-language pathologists (SLPs) can rethink how to implement literacy interventions to incorporate best practices from multisensory structured language (MSL) approaches and how they can be influential participants in the conversations of how to define and implement services for students who have written language disorders, including dyslexia, in the school setting.
Method: This clinical focus article provides an operational definition of dyslexia, discusses the various roles and responsibilities of SLPs with respect to dyslexia, and describes the well-established evidence-based practices of MSL approaches as a means of rethinking literacy intervention.
Results: Using a case study scenario based on an individual diagnosed with dyslexia, this clinical focus article presents similarities and differences between traditional speech-language pathology intervention approaches and MSL approaches to literacy intervention.
Conclusions: MSL strategies may be considered in literacy intervention as a means to optimize the academic gains of children with dyslexia in a school setting. Furthermore, SLPs should be considered integral participants in discussions of policies and practices related to the diagnosis and treatment of literacy disorders, including dyslexia.
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Bowers, L. M., & Ramsdell, H. L. (2023). Rethinking literacy intervention: Addressing a practice gap with best practices from multisensory structured language approaches. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1044/2023_LSHSS-22-00133