SUPPORTING READERS WHO STRUGGLE THROUGH A TRANSDISCIPLINARY APPROACH
Authors: Robin A. Wells
Abstract: Transdisciplinary team approaches have been beneficial in early intervention and should be incorporated more effectively in the preschool through high school educational settings in supporting students with learning challenges. Not only is this more effective in increasing learning, but it would also be more effective in reducing the long-term financial costs to society. This chapter will discuss the necessity for collaboration and a transdisciplinary approach in support of readers who struggle. Through collaborative efforts with members of a transdisciplinary team (i.e., student, parents, general educator, special educator, speech/language pathologist, reading specialist, occupational therapist, audiologist, and administrator), a broader understanding and a more comprehensive intervention plan may be developed in supporting literacy skill development which has been previously elusive for the student. Following a problem-solving collaborative process and developing a comprehensive intervention plan, team members will be able to reinforce literacy skills across environments.