Dyslexia is a language-based disorder that affects reading. Learning to read is a crucial step in language development; therefore, working on reading strategies and skills is vital.

Speech pathologists are trained to assess overall language skills, including those critical to reading, such as phonological awareness and subsequent targeting intervention to help individuals with dyslexia learn to read.

 

Phonological awareness is essential for reading, writing, rhyming, and manipulating syllables, such as blending and segmenting. These skills allow us to understand what sounds make up a particular word and manipulate sounds to form words. Programs that target phonological awareness and literacy skills are available, such as ‘The Gillon Phonological Awareness Training Programme.’
At Connect2Care, our Speech Pathologists will work with dyslexic clients, teaching them achievable strategies to support learning and practical skills.

References:

1. The Gillon Phonological Awareness Training Programme booklet: Microsoft Word – programme booklet 2008.doc (canterbury.ac.nz)

2. Reading Rockets | Launching Young Readers  this website provides general information about reading and some research-based reading strategies/intervention; it is also a good source for finding the appropriate books based on age, genre, and reading level.

“Not only does language development support the child’s ability to communicate, but also their ability to express their feelings, problem-solving skills and developing and maintaining relationships.” 
Jenny Ngo – Speech Pathologist at Connect2Care

Repeat, Sit Down & Read 

Help stimulate and develop your child’s language.

Language is vital to a child’s development. It complements a range of other developments, such as cognitive, social, and literacy.

For instance, children with language delays benefit from repeating words they hear multiple times daily in different situations. An example is using the term “up” when picking up your child while in their cot and when going upstairs. 

Give your child more opportunities to learn that word. Sit down and share a book with your child as it is proven to help increase a child’s language and reading development. Studies have shown that having books in the home and reading regular bedtime stories can improve a child’s vocabulary and help increase comprehension.

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Dickinson, D., Griffith, J., Golinkoff, R., & Hirsh-Pasek, K. (2012). How Reading Books Fosters Language Development around the World. Child Development Research, 2012, 1-15.DOI: 10.1155/2012/602807 Hagen, A. (2017). Improving the Odds: Identifying Language Activities that Support the Language Development of Preschoolers with Poorer Vocabulary Skills. Scandinavian Journal Of Educational Research, 62(5),649-663. DOI: 10.1080/00313831.2016.1258727

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