Does Your Child Have Difficulties with Reading and Writing?

Literacy refers to your child’s ability to read and write and use written information in a variety of contexts. It is not surprising that literacy skills are strongly tied to a child’s communication skills. After all, reading and writing enable our children to access greater communication channels. If your child has difficulty with reading and writing (or pre-literacy skills), it is likely they will struggle at school, and as they get older, their choices and participation in daily life will be limited.

With specific training in sound awareness and language skills, our Speech Pathologists are well positioned to support your child with the development of their literacy skills. We understand that many children will exhibit challenges with reading and writing if they have speech or language difficulties and can help your child develop good oral language skills and auditory skills that are essential for literacy development.

Our individualised therapy programs include ongoing parent support and education, and are specifically designed to:

  • Tap into your child’s interests, skills, and challenges to develop appropriate goals associated with literacy development.
  • Help your child build confidence with letter and sound recognition, sound blending / word decoding, word recognition (i.e. ‘sight’ words), word and sentence meaning.
  • Utilise games and play to help your child build their vocabulary, access a variety of texts, and practice writing.
  • Support parents and provide at-home activities to help build literacy skills during shared story time and other daily activities.
  • Work with teachers and educators to support your child’s literacy skills within the school setting.
  • Celebrate your child’s success and encourage a love of reading and writing.

What to Look Out for with Literacy Difficulties:

  • Does your child avoid reading and writing tasks?
  • Does your child guess words when reading or memorises the text?
  • Does your child write short sentences?
  • Does your child dislike school?
  • Does your child experience anxiety and exhibit challenging behaviours with reading and writing tasks or certain situations like school?

Remember, every child develops at their own pace, but if you are concerned, talk to us today. Our friendly team of experienced speech pathologists are here to guide you through your concern and help you take the best next step.