Struggling with Reading
Learning to read well is essential to academic success. Becoming a good reader is dependent on good language skills. A speech-language pathologist has the specialized knowledge and experience needed to understand and address underlying problems in children who are having difficulty with reading. Whether your child is having trouble with decoding (phonics) or with reading comprehension, we will design a unique program to address each child’s individual needs.
Decoding refers to early reading skills, or what some call “phonics.” This skill involves learning sound-symbol relationships and sounding out words, as well as learning sight words and beginning to understanding the meaning of words.
Once children are able to easily sound out and read most words, they begin the shift from “learning to read” to ” reading to learn.” Some children will have trouble once the emphasis changes from phonics to comprehension of sentences and paragraphs. Children must have adequate knowledge of vocabulary and understanding of various types of grammar in order to gain meaning from reading passages. These skills are also crucial to a child’s development of the ability to write passages.
Our therapists are trained in the Orton-Gillingham approach with experience with the Wilson Reading System and Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing (LIPS). We use elements from all programs to build a customized therapy plan uniquely tailored to the needs of your child. We will develop a relationship with you and your child to build an environment where they can learn and thrive.