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Spoken language provides a foundation for later literacy development. Spoken language and written language share a reciprocal relationship…they build on each other. Children with spoken language difficulties may experience difficulties learning to read and write, and children with reading and writing problems may experience difficulties using language to share ideas, problem solve and learn. Often, gains in one area (i.e. spoken or written language) can result in gains in the other area. Children with communication disorders frequently perform below their same age peers academically. They often struggle with reading, have difficulty understanding and using language, misunderstand classroom and social cues, avoid school, show poor judgment, and perform poorly on classroom assessments.
Who can this effect?
Children and adults can be affected by reading and writing difficulties. Children with speech/language impairments are at an increased risk for reading difficulties.
- Comprehensive case history review
- Formal and informal literacy assessments
- Assessment of receptive and expressive language
- Early intervention
- Direct or indirect phonological and phonemic awareness instruction
- Parent training