To increase language-based literacy skills in children through parent training, classroom consultation and direct intervention.
Receptive and expressive language skills are essential for the development of reading and writing processes. The University of Alabama Speech and Hearing Center houses the Alabama Language-based Literacy Program (ALLP). ALLP provides a comprehensive assessment and intervention in the areas of spoken language, reading and writing that analyzes the client’s strengths and weakness in language-based literacy skills. Our primary focus is for school-aged children, but we also serve young adults with work or academic literacy challenges.
The information from the assessment provides detailed patterns of specific strengths and weaknesses, including unspecified reading disorders, developmental dyslexia and specific spelling difficulty or oral language disorders. Explicit instruction using a multisensory approach is provided based on the client’s individual needs. If intervention is warranted, graduate students, under the direct supervision of literacy specialized and trained clinical faculty in the University of Alabama’s Department of Communicative Disorders, provide treatment. The clinical faculty oversees and updates all intervention on a weekly basis. The intervention model is either one-to-one instruction or a small group, depending on the specific level and needs of the client.
ALLP is designed to address literacy skills in the following areas:
- Phonemic Awareness
- Alphabetic Principles
- Reading Fluency
- Reading Comprehension
- Spelling and Decoding
- Written Language Skills
- Language Based Auditory Processing
- Higher Order Oral Language
The primary resources used in our clinic are research-based instructional approaches, such as Lindamood Phonemic Sequencing (LiPS)®, Wilson Language Training®, Orton-Gillingham Training, and Spell Links to Reading and Writing: A Word Study Curriculum®. Other programs are also utilized as appropriate for each client.
We also provide a collaborative approach to intervention that includes parents and teachers to ensure overall success of our clients.
For specific information, contact G. DeLaine Stricklin, M.S., CCC-SLP at DeLaine.Stricklin@ua.edu or call 205-348-7131.