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Martha Mock & Susan Hildenbrand

In: The SAGE Handbook of Early Childhood Literacy

Chapter 7: Disability and Early Childhood: The Importance of Creating Literacy Opportunities and Identities

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Disability and Early Childhood: The Importance of Creating Literacy Opportunities and Identities
Disability and early childhood: The importance of creating literacy opportunities and identities
MarthaMock and SusanHildenbrand
Introduction

Over the last decade researchers in the fields of early childhood literacy and early childhood intervention have begun to interact meaningfully. Although the focus tends to be on the programmatic or intervention aspects of literacy engagement, there is a noticeable absence of discussion related to literacy and literacy identity as a readily accepted construct in the early childhood disability world (Browder, Wakeman, Spooner, Ahlgrim-Delzell, and Algozzine, 2006). Rightfully so, interventionists, parents, and early childhood teachers are focused on diagnosis, eligibility for services, service delivery (e.g., physical therapy, speech language pathology) (Marvin, 1994), challenging behaviors, assessing developmental delays, as well as ...

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