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Key Skills for Language Development

Reading and Writing

Literacy skills are the ability to read and write or use language. Children learn essential skills before they can be able to read and write. These skills include but aren’t limited to: 

  • Phonological awareness (See below)

  • Book awareness

  • Letter-sound correspondence

  • Decoding (sounding words out)

  • Sight word recognition

These skills pave the way for children’s ability to read and write (learn in general).  Speech-Language Pathologists can identify your child's areas of difficulty and provide evidence-based intervention strategies to improve and remediate a child's literacy skills. Working with your child's team is important to ensure carryover and generalization

More on Phonological Awareness & Early Literacy Therapy For Children

Phonological awareness refers to a group of pre-reading skills that involve the ability to analyze the sound structure of words.  Identifying the number of syllables in a word and recognizing rhyme are part of early developing phonological awareness.  Later, children are able to detect individual sounds in words and manipulate those sounds – this is called phonemic awareness.  A child’s phonemic awareness is a powerful predictor of the likelihood of reading and spelling success. If a child is not meeting phonological awareness milestones, our SLPs will help them understand that words can be broken up into smaller parts, learn to hear and identify these syllables and sounds and manipulate (blend, add and remove) these component parts to ensure reading and spelling success.