Steven R. Shaw
The Fall 2012 issue presents the first theme issue of School Psychology Forum in several years. This topic presents the most common issue for school psychologists working in schools: reading problems. Specifically, this issue represents three different and interesting approaches to interventions for students with weaknesses in reading. Most important is that these papers present detailed and focused illustrations of specific constructs and how they can be applied by practitioners. SPF will be posting a second issue on reading interventions in 2013.
John Begeny provides small group instruction on reading fluency using a formal and manualized approach. Sarah Rowe presents an excellent review of reading assessment and intervention acceptability. David Parker discusses how to use student interest and novelty to design reading interventions. Together these four articles provide an excellent overview of advances in reading instruction for learners at risk for failure that can be applied in schools and are based on strong scientific evidence.
As always, if you have questions, comments, concerns, or ideas for theme issues or articles, then please contact me at SchoolPsychForum@naspweb.org. Listen to the audio summary of this issue, interviews with authors, and retrieve supplementary information and links for each article.