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Emergent literacy including language development

Teresa K Duryea, MD
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Jan E Drutz, MD
Marilyn Augustyn, MD
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Mary M Torchia, MD


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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