This book guides students and practitioners through the wealth of information on cognition and language development by breaking the area down into manageable chunks and drawing these together into a full understanding of the holistic nature of child development. Children with communication difficulties are at risk of poor outcomes educationally, socially and in employability. Whilst there may be a range of interventions which can help children, it is the practice of those working with them that is the key to success. Therefore a firm understanding of communication development and the ability to adapt teaching to support children's individual needs are vital.
The text offers a balanced approach to the theories and research into the development and acquisition of language and literacy in the early years. It examines how practice can be improved and the impact that language and literacy development has on learning outcomes. It also, importantly, addresses the particular pedagogy related to bilingual and multilingual learners. Carefully structured activities are provided and the text clearly relates theory to practice. Pedagogical features encourage a questioning, challenging and reflective approach, promoting critical thinking throughout.
Carol Hayes has worked in early years for the last 40 years as a teacher and tutor. She worked at Staffordshire University for six years as a principal lecturer and academic group leader, where she helped to develop a thriving early childhood studies department with programmes from foundation degrees to Masters in early childhood. Her specialist areas are cognitive development, language, literacy and communication and her main research interests are dyslexia and communication difficulties and the role of graduate teaching assistants in the workforce.
Foreword About the author Chapter 1 - Origins of Language Chapter 2 - Receptive Language and Listening Chapter 3 - The Oral Tradition Chapter 4 - Scribblers to Scribes Chapter 5 - The Foundations of Reading Chapter 6 - Specific Learning Difficulties Chapter 7 - Gender Influences Chapter 8 - Living with Language---The Literate Environment Chapter 9 - Books and Stories Chapter 10 -The Holistic Child ----A Whole Brain Approach to Language Acquisition Glossary Index