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Title: The role of symbols in the mainstream to access literacy
Authors: Pampoulou, Eliada 
Detheridge, Cate 
Keywords: Assistive technologies;Meaning from text;Print awareness;Symbols;Text comprehension
Category: Languages and Literature;Other Humanities
Field: Humanities
Issue Date: 1-Oct-2007
Source: Journal of Assistive Technologies, Volume 1, Issue 1, 1 October 2007, Pages 15-21
Journal: Journal of Assistive Technologies 
Abstract: Although theories in the past claimed that in order to be literate someone has to acquire specific prerequisite skills, more recent theories suggest that for some aspects of language, symbols can help people to access literacy. In this paper, we speculate that symbols can help children in schools to cope with their difficulties with print. Widgit Literacy Symbols have been developed over the last 20 years as a means of enhancing access to written communication and curriculum. Through the Symbol Inclusion Project (SIP), Widgit Software has been working closely with teachers in Warwickshire, creating resources for students in schools. Anecdotal evidence from the SIP project suggests that symbols can help children to anticipate their difficulties with literacy as well as to increase their motivation and self-esteem and improve their behaviour. © 2007, Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN: 17549450
DOI: 10.1108/17549450200700004
Type: Article
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