Don’t teachers teach kids to read? How an SLP can help your child get a grasp on reading and spelling
School is an environment that aims to challenge its pupils, and mould our littlest members of the community to achieve their utmost potential. There will always be children who thrive and who blossom in the school environment. And despite phenomenally admirable school staff, there will also always be those students who fly low under the radar, struggling to keep up with a curriculum that needs to be enforced at a certain pace. We know this because statistics have shown that the way that reading and spelling is taught by a curriculum often only caters for a mere 50% of students!
Studies have shown that children who don’t have a solid reading foundation by the end of Year 1 are likely to face some significant struggles leading into Years 3 and 4. It’s a gap that keeps growing; the kids who thrive with their reading continue to flourish, leaving our little ones who are struggling, back on the shore. If they have missed the boat with learning to read, it can certainly be a struggle to catch up when the rest of the class begins reading to learn.
With the right plan of action, there is no need to fear – we can certainly help. Consider us a speed (or speech?) boat that provides that little bit of extra help to see your little one catch up to their peers. Reading is a key foundational skill not only for academic pursuits but it is a life skill that we at SpeechEase endeavour to equip our clients with.
Speech Language Pathologists have expert knowledge about all forms of language, whether that be verbal or written, and what we call metalinguistics (the awareness of language skills). With this expertise, we have the ability to swoop in, tucking those low flyers under our wings in order to teach them to soar, whilst liaising with the teachers to support their classwork.
Our speech therapists are ready and willing to provide assistance with the acquisition of foundation literacy skills (for example, identifying letters and their associated sounds), reading and writing, all the way up to written text comprehension or written narrative abilities. We are passionate about everyone having the right to achieve, and we endeavour to help your little ones catch that boat.
If you have any concerns about your child’s reading or writing abilities, feel free to give us a call on 0423 334 144 so that we can have a no obligation, free of charge chat about whether speech pathology intervention is suitable for you.