Ten Quick and Easy Ways to Enhance Early Literacy Instruction: Tips from a School Occupational Therapist


  • Dr. Sharon Swift Augusta University
  • Dr. Kim Barker Augusta University




early literacy instruction, occupational therapy, environmental modifications, multimodal literacy


Occupational therapists (OTs) can be valuable team members because of their expertise in activity and environmental analysis and, in particular, their skills in facilitating access to curricular and extracurricular activities for students with unique learning needs (AOTA, 2017). School OTs can assist with creating multi-sensory activities and providing suggestions for environmental modifications to increase children’s engagement in learning activities to support literacy learning. Research shows that when children use multiple senses to learn new skills, they are not only able to remember the new skills more quickly, but they are also able to attend to activities longer (Golden & McCraken, 2016). The more parts of the brain involved in tasks, the greater the likelihood of learning; thus, multisensory learning through participation in meaningful, fun literacy activities can increase learning!

Author Biographies

  • Dr. Sharon Swift, Augusta University

    Dr. Sharon Swift, Associate Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, Augusta University, Augusta, GA; email [email protected].

  • Dr. Kim Barker, Augusta University

    Dr. Kim Barker, Associate Professor and Assistant Department Chair, Department of Teaching and Leading, Augusta University, Augusta, GA; email [email protected].

Tips from School OT (Swift & Barker, 2024)






Teaching Tips

How to Cite

Swift, S., & Barker, K. (2024). Ten Quick and Easy Ways to Enhance Early Literacy Instruction: Tips from a School Occupational Therapist. Georgia Journal of Literacy, 46(1), 113–123. https://doi.org/10.56887/galiteracy.125

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