Emergent literacy including language development
- Teresa K Duryea, MD
Teresa K Duryea, MD
- Section Editor — General Pediatrics
- Associate Professor of Pediatrics
- Baylor College of Medicine
- Section Editors
- Jan E Drutz, MD
Jan E Drutz, MD
- Section Editor — General Pediatrics
- Professor of Pediatrics
- Baylor College of Medicine
- Marilyn Augustyn, MD
Marilyn Augustyn, MD
- Section Editor — Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
- Associate Professor
- Boston University School of Medicine
Literacy acquisition begins long before children encounter formal school instruction. During their early years, children acquire knowledge and skills that are literate behaviors in informal settings. The term emergent literacy [1-3] emphasizes that:
●Literacy development is an ongoing process
●All aspects of literacy develop simultaneously
●There is a natural hierarchy to the stages of development
●Language and literacy acquisition share important features
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