Improving the Vocabulary and Oral Language Skills of Bilingual Latino Preschoolers: An Intervention for Speech-Language Pathologists, is a unique resource that offers a comprehensive vocabulary and oral language intervention program for Spanish-speaking preschool children with language disorders. The program can be used by both bilingual and monolingual speech-language pathologists working in collaboration with bilingual teachers or assistants. The manual contains lessons that correspond to preschool-level books that are commercially available in both Spanish and English. The lessons are presented in both languages. The program is a nine-week intervention; each week has four lessons based on bilingual fiction and nonfiction preschool books with target vocabulary words each week. The intervention uses manipulative objects to help children experience each new word and play activities to stimulate language expression. Additionally, every two weeks, are lessons that review the vocabulary and the oral language activities practiced in the previous weeks. The program has been evaluated and follows rigorous evidence-based practice guidelines.With this much-needed manual, clinicians will be equipped to provide effective intervention.
Dr. Vera Gutierrez-Clellen is a bilingual speech-language pathologist, professor, and Coordinator of the Bilingual Speech-Language Pathology Certificate in the School of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at San Diego State University. Dr. Gabriela Simon-Cereijido is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Disorders at California State University, Los Angeles and a certified bilingual speech-language pathologist. She has extensive experience working with Spanish-speaking children with atypical language development in both educational and research settings. Her research has been published in peer-reviewed scientific journals and presented at national and international conferences. Dr. Simon-Cereijido has taught and supervised bilingual teachers, graduate students, and speech-language pathologists at several universities. Dr. M. Adelaida Restrepo is an Associate Professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Science at Arizona State University.
Foreword Acknowledgments CHAPTER 1. Introduction CHAPTER 2. The Language of Intervention CHAPTER 3. The Context of the Intervention CHAPTER 4. The Vocabulary Intervention CHAPTER 5. The Oral Language Intervention CHAPTER 6. What is the VOLAR Intervention like? CHAPTER 7. VOLAR lessons CHAPTER 8. The Training and Coaching of the VOLAR Interventionist Index