Dr. Lori Skibbe has been awarded a Special Education Research Grant from the Institute of Education Sciences (IES). Funding for the project will total approximately $1.6 million over the course of four years.
Dr. Skibbe's team will develop a computerized adaptive test of phonological awareness called the Inventory of Phonological Awareness using Alternative Responses (IPAAR). Phonological awareness, the explicit awareness of and ability to manipulate the sound structure of language, is a key predictor of later literacy development. Currently there are no standardized, validated tools of phonological awareness suited to meet the needs of children with disabilities that limit their speech production, despite the citical nature of this early literacy skill. This project will address this gap by developing the IPAAR to assess levels of phonological awareness for a wide range of children with and without disabilities.
The development and evaluation of the IPAAR will occur over the course of three phases and will be administered to approximately 300 children in preschool or early elementary school with speech production difficultites.
Congratulations, Dr. Skibbe!