This advice-column-style blog for SLPs was authored by Pam Marshalla from 2006 to 2015, the archives of which can be explored here. Use the extensive keywords list found in the right-hand column (on mobile: at the bottom of the page) to browse specific topics, or use the search feature to locate specific words or phrases throughout the entire blog.
Q: I was appalled by your comments that speech-language pathologists should not teach reading! Reading is a part of language! Why not teach reading?
In my opinion, reading teachers teach reading, and speech-language pathologists teach speech and language. This is my opinion and I am sticking to it. You may have a different opinion if you would like. Your opinion will not appall me, and I would suggest that mine not appall you. Sounds like a big waste of energy to me.
You may be interested in the following very interesting description of the relationship between listening, speaking, reading, and writing. It was written by Wendell Johnson who received ASHA’s Honors of the Association in 1946, and who was ASHA president in 1950. I copied this down years ago without noting the reference, and I still am hunting for it…
“To me it is especially curious that in the classroom there is given more time teaching writing than reading, more time teaching reading than speaking, and the least time, if any at all, teaching listening. Meanwhile, not only outside of school but right in the classroom, we do more listening than speaking, more speaking than reading, and more reading than writing. A perfect negative correlation between education and life.”