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October 31, 2018

Speech Sounds Disorders and Problems with Reading

Most children who struggle with reading are those with a history of speech sound disorders (SSD). In addition to having difficulty saying the speech sounds of the language, children with SSD need more time to process speech sounds and tend to have difficulty identifying and manipulating them, important aspects of phonological awareness. Photo from pexels.com… Read more »

October 23, 2018

Multi-Sensory Reading Instruction and Your Child

Studies show that children with dyslexia or related speech sound disorders need a multi-sensory approach to reading. Multi-sensory education incorporates three learning pathways, which are: auditory (hearing), kinesthetic (touching or moving), and visual (seeing). Photo from pexels.com A multi-sensory approach to reading is beneficial not only for students with dyslexia, but for all learners. It… Read more »

September 25, 2018

Connection Between Spoken Language and Literacy

The experiences with talking and listening gained during the preschool years prepare children to learn to read and write during the early elementary school years. This means that children who enter school with weaker verbal abilities are much more likely to experience difficulties learning literacy skills than those who do not (Roth, Paul, & Pierotti,… Read more »

September 19, 2018

English Language Learners and the Road to Reading

Children who are English Language Learners (ELL) are at higher risk for having difficulty learning to read.  “When bilingual children’s vocabulary levels are too low in the language in which they are learning to read, these young learners will…encounter difficulties” (Uccelli & Páez, 2007).  Children who are learning English may need extra support as they… Read more »

September 12, 2018

Supporting Literacy Development from Birth to Age 5

Children typically begin to read around age 5 or 6 years old.  However, literacy skills do not begin then.  Language and literacy skills begin at birth as a child learns to communicate in their new environment.  Early communication skills, or language skills, create the foundation for later literacy skills.  Photo from pexels.com A child cannot… Read more »

September 4, 2018

Language and Literacy

Literacy is intimately entwined with speech and language. Reading, essentially, is language. In reading, the speaker and listener don’t directly share in the language experience and the reader must create the context from the written word, while in spoken language, the speaker and listener are more directly connected. Often, a child who has difficulty with… Read more »

March 6, 2018

Graphic Organizers and Reading Comprehension

Research has shown that children with Autism  Spectrum Disorder (ASD) have difficulties with reading comprehension. It is difficult for them to answer literal comprehension questions such as, “Where did the character go?” and “What did the character do?” Not only is it difficult for children with ASD but also for children with Developmental Language Delay… Read more »

August 24, 2017

Storytelling and Literacy

Storytelling is a great way to work on language and literacy skills with children. No matter how young or old your child is, storytelling will provide opportunities for him to develop and build upon several important areas of language and literacy skills such as listening, comprehension, verbal expression, and reasoning skills. From a very early… Read more »

August 4, 2017

Choosing the Right Books for Your Child

Finding the right books for your child can be a difficult task! With bookstores and libraries full of books, it can be overwhelming. It is crucial to find the book your child wants to read AND make sure it’s at the right reading level for your child. Guidelines for choosing the right books for your… Read more »

February 9, 2017

10 Reasons We Love Storytime

Public libraries offer many free and educational programs and activities for children such as crafting classes, music and movement, comic book making, novel making, puppet shows, reading and writing classes, and even classes on rug making and rock carving! Our personal favorite is storytime for babies, toddlers, and preschools. For parents and caregivers, we encourage… Read more »

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