How Can A Speech Therapist Help Your Child Read?

MisunderstandingsOften, people think of speech therapists as only helping children learn to speak better. But did you know speech-language pathologists are also trained to help improve literacy and reading skills? A speech pathologist’s specialized skill set can help students to develop key language skills necessary for reading and writing.

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association collected information from educational professionals and found that over 70% of teachers who responded believed that students who received speech therapy services demonstrated improved pre-reading, reading or reading comprehension skills.   

How can a speech language pathologist help your child improve their reading skills?

  • A speech therapist can help build and reinforce relationships between early spoken language and early pre-literacy skills. Addressing early language issues appropriately and with future literacy skills in mind can go a long way toward learning to read.
  • Speech therapists may work with parents to provide guidance on how to construct early shared storybook interactions and maximize parent-child communication to facilitate literacy
  • Many literacy issues involve difficulty with phonological awareness, or the ability to hear and identify the sounds that make up words. Speech-language pathologists work with children with phonological awareness difficulties and help boost the ability to identify, recall, and retrieve these sounds and link them to written language.
  • If a child is having difficulty learning to read conventionally, a speech therapist may teach them to use different types of sensory cues in reading and writing, such as auditory or tactile (touch) cues.

Has your child experienced difficulty learning to read? What have some of the toughest hurdles been? Share your story in the comments section below!

For information on our New York based Speech-Language Pathology services, please call Speech Associates of New York today at (212)308-7725 or visit our website at www.speechassociatesofny.com and find out how our team of professionally trained and certified speech-language pathologists can help!

Source: http://www.asha.org/publications/literacy/

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