So how does reading and language development go together? Well...they go hand in hand! Without language, one can not read and vice versa!
At the word level, a child may have difficulty with:
At the connected speech level, a child may have difficulty with:
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Now, on to the good stuff.
First things first, speech therapists work on reading and writing disorders. Just let that sink in for a bit.
There are many ways speech pathologists can work with children with reading and writing disorders. Below, I will outline a few.
This is the biggest one that most speech pathologists most likely already do since it concerns language. To target language comprehension, most likely you will work on smaller units/goals such as:
Before writing, it is imperative to plan out what you are going to write. Many children with language disorders will have trouble with these skills. Speech therapists can help children plan their writing by:
To be a good writer, a child needs to be able to:
Therefore, like reading, a speech pathologist needs to work on these skills through writing as well as speaking.
Spelling, yes, spelling! This may shock some of you but as speech language pathologists, we are super equipped to work on spelling. After all, spelling skills is a language skills. Some ways to target spelling include:
This teaching technique targets many skills but since it is so amazing, I get it its own section.
Dialogic reading is basically shared reading. Instead of just reading a book word for word with a child, you make it more of an experience! You take turns describing pictures and "telling" the story. You ask WH questions, talk about pictures and relate events to real life.
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