Phonological Processing: The Why, What, and How
Welcome to the Phonological Processing: The Why, What, and How Module! This module is the 3rd module in a six-part series that explores the foundational knowledge needed to support diverse young learners in various settings. Specifically, this module allows you to expand your understanding of developing phonological processing skills and how to implement developmentally appropriate activities that support child outcomes.
Estimated Completion Time: 2.5-3 hours
EC3. Phonological Processing: The Why, What, and How
- Pre-Assessment: Phonological Processing
- Introduction to Phonological Processing
- Phonological Awareness: What it is and Why it Matters
- Phonological Working Memory
- Early Phonological Awareness Skills
- New Lesson Option
- Post-Assessment: Phonological Processing
Welcome to the Ohio Literacy Library’s Early Childhood (B-K) series! We present six modules in this series designed to assist all educators and other interested stakeholders in helping young children acquire foundational early literacy skills.
In this module, we will address phonological processing, including phonological awareness and phonological memory. We will discuss what each of these skills looks like across developmental milestones in the early years and identify considerations for adapting and modifying content to support the individualized needs of young children across environments and experiences.
Whether you are an early interventionist, caregiver, teacher, administrator, paraprofessional, parent, related service provider, higher education faculty or candidate, or have another role in helping a child develop their early literacy skills, we thank you. We know your time is valuable, and you would not be here if you weren’t interested in supporting outcomes for young children and families.
The University of Cincinnati Systems Development & Improvement Center
- Oral Language: The Why and The What
- Oral Language: The How
This module introduces one component of early literacy learning by addressing the why, what, and how of phonological processing. Phonological processing includes concepts like
- Phonological Awareness
- Phonological Memory
This module will address each subcomponent of phonological processing with a focus on activities that caregivers can implement in a child’s natural environment (i.e., home, classroom, community). The content of this module is designed to assist early childhood educators, families, and other stakeholders in learning why phonological processing is an essential component of early literacy learning and how to support all children.
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After completing this module, you will understand the core concepts of phonological processing development with young children. Our goal is that as you engage with this content, you will reflect on the current practices that you use and consider how these align with recommended and research-based practices. We hope your engagement with this content supports your growth as you support the ongoing development of young children.
Module Learning Objectives
This module aims to increase your knowledge and understanding of phonological processing. By completing this module, you will be able to:
Identify examples of phonological processing.
Describe the phases of phonological processing development.
Explain considerations for facilitating phonological processing.
Discuss various environmental factors that may impact phonological processing development.
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