Speech and language development continues to impact a student’s ability to learn. Children with spoken language problems often have difficulty learning to read and write. Just as oral language provides the foundation for the development of reading and writing, the development of sounds and awareness of sounds in words (phonemic awareness) are key for grasping alphabetic principle and decoding the written word.
Receptive language and reading comprehension skills are required for using and understanding complex grammar in reading and writing. Skills in summarizing and retelling what one has read are key components to success in writing in school as well. Fine motor concerns can also affect writing in efficient letter formation, hand strength for writing and stamina.
Reading and comprehension are also key components to the math curriculum in addition to memorization of math facts. Being able to identify linguistic concepts and comprehending a story problem are important skills in applied mathematical skills.
How can we help?
A speech and language evaluation can assess your child’s receptive and expressive language skills and pinpoint areas that may be affecting your child’s ability to comprehend spoken or written language. Individual or group speech and language therapy can help to strengthen those areas and improve reading and listening comprehension. Occupational therapy can help with handwriting and fine motor skills as well as Sensory Integration. Academic support is also available with board certified teachers that are familiar with local and core curriculum standards for your child’s grade to supplement learning and skill development appropriate for their grade. Collaboration with your child’s school as well as focusing on IEP objectives for consistency in services is a focus of our staff. In addition, Social skills groups are available to help with developing age appropriate social skills.