Did you know that March is National Reading Month? Each year, this month is used by educational organizations to bring awareness to the importance of reading to and with children to establish a life-long love of reading and increase literacy skills for academic success. In honor of National Reading Month, this week we will discuss the role a speech-language pathologist can play in helping children to develop and improve literacy skills.
Studies have shown that children with some language impairments are four to five times more likely to experience difficulties with literacy. A speech-language pathologist is trained to understand the implication that language disorders may have on literacy development. When working with a child, a speech therapist will identify their specific linguistic weaknesses, and can work to bolster these in written communication to prevent or lessen literacy issues.
Speech-language pathologists also work with school-aged children to help identify literacy issues. If a child is struggling with written language or performing below their grade level, a speech-language pathologist will perform an assessment to determine if intervention is necessary and if so, what type of strategies and tools would best assist the child in developing the skills they need.
In the early stages of literacy, a speech pathologist may assist with development of phonological awareness. Phonological awareness is the understanding and awareness of the sound structure of a word. Developing strong phonological awareness skills are a key step to improving literacy.
Finally, a speech-language pathologist can help a child to develop strategies to cope with the literacy demands placed on them. Although a child may continue to struggle with literacy, there are a myriad of compensatory strategies that they can learn in order to improve their day-to-day performance and increase their academic success.
Do you know a child who is struggling with literacy? Contact Speech Associates of New York today to find a professional speech-language pathologist who can help your child communicate to their fullest. Remember, early intervention is the key to maintaining and developing strong communication skills. Call us today at (212) 308-7725 or visit our website at www.speechassociatesofny.com.
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