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Multisensory Teaching of Basic Language Skills, Third Edition

Multisensory Teaching of Basic Language Skills, Third Edition

Volume Editor: Judith R. Birsh Ed.D., CALT-QI   Chapter Authors: Kay A. Allen, Marilyn C. Beckwith, Judith R. Birsh Ed.D., CALT-QI, Susan H. Blumenthal, Suzanne Carreker Ph.D., CALT-QI, Ellen Urquhart Engstrom, Mary L. Farrell Ph.D., Kate Garnett, Elsa Cardenas Hagan, Linda Hecker, Anthony Henley, Nancy E. Hennessy, Marcia K. Henry Ph.D., Judith C. Hochman, Michele Kule-Korgood, Eileen S. Marzola, Graham F. Neuhaus Ph.D., Claire Nissenbaum, Jean-Freyer Schedler Ph.D., Joan Sedita, Margaret Jo Shepherd, Gordon Sherman, Jo Anne Simon, Lydia H. Soifer Ph.D., Margaret B. Stern, Joanna K. Uhry, Barbara A. Wilson M.S.Ed., Beverly J. Wolf, Marilyn Martin M.Ed.   Foreword Author: Sally E. Shaywitz

ISBN: 978-1-59857-093-9
Pages: 816
Copyright: 2011
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As new research shows how effective systematic and explicit teaching of language-based skills is for students with learning disabilities—along with the added benefits of multisensory techniques—discover the latest on this popular teaching approach with the third edition of this bestselling textbook. Adopted by colleges and universities across the country, this definitive core text is now fully revised and expanded with cutting-edge research and more on hot topics such as executive function, fluency, and adolescent literacy.

The most comprehensive text available on multisensory teaching, this book shows preservice educators how to use specific multisensory approaches to dramatically improve struggling students' language skills and academic outcomes in elementary through high school. They'll be prepared to

  • help students develop skills in key areas such as phonological awareness, letter knowledge, handwriting, phonics, fluency, spelling, comprehension, composition, and mathematics
  • plan structured, explicit multisensory language lessons that incorporate two or more senses
  • create a positive classroom environment conducive to effective teaching and learning for struggling students
  • conduct successful assessment of reading difficulties and monitor progress
  • teach older students who struggle with reading
  • work effectively with high-functioning adults with dyslexia
  • conduct biliteracy instruction for Spanish-speaking students
  • meet the needs of students who use assistive technology
  • know the rights of individuals with dyslexia

A text to keep and use long after the course is over, this book includes practical strategies and guidelines on planning lessons, conducting assessment, helping students with learning disabilities develop good study skills, and more. And the broad and deep coverage of multisensory teaching—unmatched by other texts—make this an essential reference and professional development resource for in-service teachers and reading specialists.

With this timely new edition of an authoritative textbook, teachers will be prepared to deliver high-quality multisensory instruction that improves outcomes for students with learning disabilities and their peers.

What's New:
  • Fluency chapter
  • Adolescent literacy chapter
  • More on executive function
  • Revised & updated chapters
  • New research & best practices
  • Chapters on assistive technology and rights of individuals with dyslexia now integrated into the book
  • Updated resources
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Review: The Midwest Book Review - The Bookwatch
"A 'must' for any teacher's education collection and provides the most in-depth book available on multisensory teaching."
Review by: Dr. Deborah Ellermeyer, Associate Professor, Clarion University of Pennsylvania
"The perfect resource for every teacher seeking effective ways to meet the needs of all learners in today's diverse classrooms."
Review by: Louisa Moats, Author and Consultant, Moats Associates Consulting, Inc.
"A refreshingly comprehensive anthology of relevant research summaries, teaching techniques, resources, references, and clinical wisdom from an outstanding group of experts. This book will continue to be one of my most-often referenced sources."
Review by: R. Malatesha Joshi, Professor of Reading/Language Arts Education, ESL, and Educational Psychology; Editor, Reading and Writing, Texas A&M University
"Should be a required text for undergraduate and graduate students in reading/literacy education classes and a guide for all elementary school teachers interested in developing life-long readers."
Review by: Rebecca H. Felton, Reading Consultant, North Carolina State Improvement Project
"Multisensory Teaching of Basic Language Skills has been a key component of the "Reading Foundations" five-day inservice training provided to teachers across North Carolina since 2000. I am delighted to now include the third edition which I consider to be the best and most complete source of information for teachers on the science of reading!"
About the Editor



Sally E. Shaywitz



  1. Connecting Research and Practice
    Judith R. Birsh
  2. Multisensory Structured Language Education
    Mary L. Farrell & Gordon F. Sherman
  3. Development of Oral Language and Its Relationship to Literacy
    Lydia H. Soifer
  4. The History and Structure of Written English
    Marcia K. Henry
  5. Teaching Phonemic Awareness
    Joanna K. Uhry
  6. Alphabet Knowledge: Letter Recognition, Naming, and Sequencing
    Kay A. Allen, with Graham F. Neuhaus, & Marilyn Beckwith
  7. Teaching Handwriting
    Beverly J. Wolf
  8. Teaching Reading: Accurate Decoding
    Suzanne Carreker
  9. Teaching Spelling
    Suzanne Carreker
  10. Fluency in Learning to Read: Conceptions, Misconceptions, Learning Disabilities, and Instructional Moves
    Katherine Garnett
  11. Word Learning and Vocabulary Instruction
    Nancy E. Hennessy
  12. Strategies to Improve Reading Comprehension in the Multisensory Classroom
    Eileen S. Marzola
  13. Composition: Evidence-Based Instruction
    Judith C. Hochman
  14. Assessment
    Margaret Jo Shepherd & Eileen S. Marzola
  15. Planning Multisensory Structured Language Lessons and the Classroom Environment
    Judith R. Birsh & Jean Schedler
  16. Instruction for Older Students with a Word-Level Reading Disability
    Barbara A. Wilson
  17. Adolescent Literacy: Addressing the Needs of Students in Grades 4–12
    Joan Sedita
  18. Learning Strategies and Study Skills: The SkORE System
    Claire Nissenbaum & Anthony Henley
  19. Working with High-Functioning Adults with Dyslexia and other Academic Challenges
    Susan H. Blumenthal
  20. Language and Literacy Development Among English Language Learners
    Elsa Cárdenas-Hagan
  21. Multisensory Mathematics Instruction
    Margaret B. Stern
  22. Technology that Supports Literacy Instruction and Learning
    Linda Hecker & Ellen Urquhart Engstrom
  23. Rights of Individuals with Dyslexia and Other Disabilities
    Jo Anne Simon & Michele Kule-Korgood

Appendix A: Glossary

Marilyn Martin

Appendix B: Materials and Sources

Marilyn Martin