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KU researcher receives grant for early literacy instruction program

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, at 10:09 a.m.

A University of Kansas researcher recently earned a $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to establish an early literacy instruction program at KU, according to a written statement from KU’s office of public affairs.

The program over five years will pay for about 20 graduate students pursuing master of arts degrees in speech-language pathology to work with children from an American Indian/Alaskan Native background with disabilities related to language and literacy, the statement said.

Language-based skills are learned in preschool and elementary school, said Matthew Gillispie, the researcher who is a clinical assistant professor of speech-language-hearing at KU. Speech-language pathologists are at the forefront of prevention, early identification and early intervention, he said in the statement.

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