The Association Method is a multisensory, phonics-based method which is highly intensive, incremental and systematic in its design, enabling seriously communication impaired children to acquire reading, writing, and oral language skills simultaneously. It was developed by Mildred McGinnis at the Central Institute for the Deaf and described in her book, “Aphasic Children” published in 1963. She named it the Association Method because she believed that the essential processes of learning attention, retention and recall — had to be integrated to acquire automaticity of language. Development of memory for learned language is critical.

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