Literacy-based therapy is one of the most effective therapeutic methods for building communication, language, and literacy skills. Speech-language pathologists can incorporate these children’s holiday and winter-themed books to assist children in practicing articulation techniques and language skills to promote increased listening comprehension, oral language, semantic knowledge/usage, and syntactic knowledge/usage. Many children are excited during the

A communication or speech/language disorder can impact a child’s form, content, or use of language. The speech/language disorder may contribute to articulation/phonological errors or language processing weaknesses with: phonology, morphology, syntax (language form) semantics, supralinguistics (language content) pragmatics (language use) A speech/language difference occurs when a child is able to speak another language that is

Parents know their children best and sometimes have concerns about their children’s communication abilities (expressive language, receptive language, and pragmatic language/social language use).  There are many communication disorders that may contribute to difficulty with functional everyday communication, speech pronunciation, listening comprehension, oral language, and literacy skills. Speech, language, and literacy challenges may negatively impact a

Children and adolescents can learn strategies to improve their language & literacy skills. They can make gains in academic and linguistic abilities when they practice their strategies during speech/language therapy sessions, the classroom, and at home. Speech/language pathologists, teachers, and parents can guide them through applying metalinguistic, visualization, and memory strategies to succeed across school

Effective language and literacy skills are the foundation for successful communication, academic, and life skills. Therefore, it is important to understand the connection between phonology, morphology, syntax, and orthography. Children and adolescents with excellent linguistic skills readily learn various tasks in these language domains. However, those with language disorders, learning disability, and dyslexia will struggle

Phonological awareness, phonemic awareness, and phonics are essential literacy skills for children to be successful readers and writers. Phonological awareness is the phonological or sound system that comprises oral language. It is critical for reading success and when a child’s awareness of the phonological structure is evaluated, the results can help predict later reading ability.

It is imperative that children with language disorders and language-based learning disabilities are identified at an early age. Speech/language pathologists are skilled at identifying receptive and expressive language disorders across the lifespan. Children can start receiving speech/language therapy as a toddler if their comprehension and oral language skills are not age-appropriate. Services can continue through

Word finding difficulties occur when a person knows and understands a particular word, but has difficulty retrieving it and using it in his or her verbal communication. Children might retrieve a word that sounds similar to the one they want, or they might say nonsense words or neologisms. In school, children with a word finding

Dyslexia is a language-based learning disability that is characterized by deficits in understanding and using the phonological system for literacy. Students with dyslexia usually experience difficulties with other speech and language skills such as spelling, writing, and pronouncing words. Dyslexia affects individuals throughout their lives; however, its impact can change at different stages in a

It is well within the scope of practice for speech language pathologists to address all domains of literacy. Speech language pathologists can address both oral language (listening/speaking) and printed language (reading/writing). The literacy domains of listening, speaking, reading, and writing are all related to one another. It is important to incorporate all areas during language