How can speech therapy help with literacy?

Speech Sense Speech Pathology, How can speech therapy help with literacy

Literacy is being able to read and write. Being literate means that people can understand and follow written instructions, read for pleasure, find out information online or in books, write letters and emails, and send text messages.

Difficulties with literacy mean that children and adults cannot fully participate in their education and learning opportunities, and vocation. Early intervention for difficulties with reading and writing improve educational outcomes.

When literacy difficulties persist, there can be a significant impact on the person’s life. These can be limited employment opportunities, difficulty with peer relationships and mental health issues. Read on to see how the Speech Sense Team can help.

The word dyslexia is taken from Greek and means difficulty with words or language. Dyslexia is also known as Specific Learning Disorder. Reading and writing (literacy) are essential skills for children and adults.

How can we help?

The Speech Sense Team can help with speech and language development, and phonological and phonemic awareness. Children need to develop these skills before being able to read and write. These are identifying and manipulating words and syllables, and the individual sounds in words.

Children may identify difficulties like:

  • I can’t think of any words that rhyme with “man.”
  • I don’t know the sounds in ‘plank.’
  • How many syllables are in my name?
  • I don’t know how the words ‘bag’ and ‘beg’ are the same.
  • I don’t know what that word means.

The Speech Sense team offer individual and group therapy programs targeting emergent literacy skills, vocabulary development, oral language development, and school readiness. We also offer gold standard structured systematic phonics programs targeting reading, written expression, and vocabulary development from preschool through to adulthood. Appointments may be individual or in small groups at the clinic or educational facility.

Specific Learning Disorder can present as difficulties with reading, writing and in mathematics.

Indicators for dyslexia include:

  • Difficulty hearing the sounds in words
  • Difficulty identifying and making rhyming words
  • Hiding difficulties with reading and writing
  • Slow reading and writing
  • Lots of mistakes, guessing or word substitutions in reading
  • Difficulty understanding what has been read
  • Difficulty remembering and solving spoken or written problems
  • Hear the word, spell the word i.e., “was as “woz”
  • Letters may be reversed in writing (q, p, d, b), or in the wrong order
  • Words may be written backwards.
  • Difficulty remembering the names of letters and how to write them
  • Spelling the same word differently

Please contact our Client Care team for further information. The therapists work closely with psychologists, paediatricians and educational support services.

Need to know more?

Please get in touch to see how we can help, or to make an appointment at our Gold Coast speech therapy clinic.


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