Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)


Teacher Education


The primary purpose of my action research and thesis is to write a guide for the teachers of very young children (Grades preK-2) to help them identify the children in their classrooms who may have speech and language disorders, and therefore refer them for assistance in a timely manner. There are several studies supporting the idea that difficulty in speech and language affects the development of literacy skills, and I believe all teachers need to be informed of the problem. I therefore decided to write a guide for the teachers of preschool, kindergarten, and 1st and 2nd grade children including research-based information to help them identify children with these special needs. In addition, I conducted six interviews with teachers: four general educators one from each of grades preschool, kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade and two special educators about what they would like me to include in the guide about this topic. Their answers along with data from research are included in the guide.


Thesis (M.A.) Teacher Education Department