Evidence Based Practice Research: Elkonin Boxes

This issue of NASET’s LD Report was written by Samantha Ashley Forrest from Florida Memorial University. From the science of reading, we learned that human brains are wired with learning to know how to express their thought process through speech, not by reading the written word.  Language is a complex and dynamic system of symbols used in various modes of thought and communication (Kamhi & Catts, 2012). Language is broken into phonology, semantics, morphonology, syntax, and pragmatics through the spoken express part of the language. As we progress and attend education institutes starting from prekindergarten to as far as graduate level classes, we begin using the written language known as reading to reinforce the skills taught by using auditory (speech) and visual (print) input to content the materials we learn to hopefully become better human beings that can lead to a better job and learning opportunities (Kamhi & Catts, 2012). One of the evidenced-based practices for phonemic awareness to assist with word recognition is Elkonin boxes, also known as letter and sound boxes. This issue of NASET’s LD Report will focus on evidence based research: Elkonin Boxes.

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