Ask most people what does a Speech Pathologist do and you’ll get a response that involves mention of “lisps” and “stutters”. Whilst this is true, there are quite a few other areas that Speech Pathologists support. One of these is literacy.
Helping children (and adults) to learn to read and write is an area of focus for many Speech Pathologists. This is because reading and writing are forms of communication. There is a strong link between oral language (our understanding and use of words) and speech sounds (the wary we say words), and the development of literacy.
Learning to read and write can be difficult for many children, and this is because literacy is not something that we are born to do. Rather, it is something that needs to be taught.
Speech Pathologists promote the use of evidence based instruction for literacy. This means that a systematic synthetic phonics program should be used to teach all children to read and write. That is, all children should be taught the words are made up of letters, and letters represent sounds. They then learn to use their knowledge of letters and sounds to sound out words for reading and spelling.
I look forward to diving in to the literacy world with you in future posts, but in the meantime, please contact South Coast Speech Pathology if you have questions or concerns about your child.