UNT preschool literacy program aims to prevent reading challenges in children ages 4 to 6

Thursday, June 10, 2021 - 08:53

DENTON (UNT), Texas — A preschool literacy program at the University of North Texas College of Health and Public Service Department of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology will use various practices to help prepare all children for school.

The UNT language-literacy preschool uses evidence-based multi-sensory and traditional educational practices that have been proven highly effective in preventing reading delays and strengthening pre-literacy skills.

Theresa Kouri, principal lecturer and clinical director for speech-language pathology, said the training strategies are appropriate for all children regardless of their reading level. Strategies include guided language-literacy instructional activities in a curriculum that focuses on speech production, expressive and receptive language skills, as well as pre-literacy skills, such as phonemic awareness, sight word recognition and print awareness.

“Our preschool program has proven very effective in preparing all children for the challenges associated with kindergarten and elementary literacy skill expectations, as reported by parents and educators,” Kouri said.



When: Beginning Sept. 7 on either Monday/Wednesdays or Tuesday/Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to noon, depending on a child’s programming needs

Where: UNT Speech and Hearing Center, 907 W. Sycamore St., Denton

Class format: Small group or individual session activities

Cost: In most cases, registration fees will be waived due to generous grants provided by the Scottish Rite and Caplan foundations.

More Info: To register for the program or for more information, call 940-565-2262.

UNT News Service Phone Number: (940) 565-2108

Media Contacts:

Trista Moxley