Spare Change News recently wrote a great article highlighting the work of Northeastern Professor Therese O’Neil-Pirozzi and her reading, speech and literacy programs in family shelters. O’Neil-Pirozzi has done some important research about homelessness, literacy and its impact on health educational obtainment. Equally important, she has spent quality time enhancing shelter programs and supporting parents and children to read together. Feel free to post or pass along any resources, ideas, anecdotes or practices regarding reading and literacy efforts in your programs!
Here is a sample of the her family homelessness related works:
O’Neil-Pirozzi, TM. Feasibility and benefit of parent participation in a program emphasizing preschool child language development while homeless. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 18(3):252-263, 2009.
O’Neil-Pirozzi TM. Comparisons of context-based interaction patterns of mothers who are homeless with their preschool children. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 15(3):278-288, 2006.
O’Neil-Pirozzi TM. Language functioning of residents in family homeless shelters. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 12(2):229-242, 2003.