Parents often come to me with a problem, sometimes it’s the #1 thing on their mind. Their 8 year old can’t say the ‘r’ sound, they’re not sure if their 2 year old is speaking enough, or they’re biting nails over whether their 4 year old will be ready for kindergarten. So, they come to me to help their kids talk.
But did you know that children with a history of preschool speech/language problems are also more likely to have difficulty with reading/writing as they grow up? In fact, research has shown a correlation between low speech and language scores of 4 ½ year olds and poor reading test scores as they get older.
Check out the article here: Preschool speech, language skills, and reading at 7, 9, and 10 years: etiology of the relationship.
The parents I work with often recognize the challenges their child is having with reading & writing early on. This becomes more apparent throughout the primary school years and sometimes it’s hard to know where to turn for help outside of the school system and its resources. So, who can they turn to?
The answer is one parents are often surprised to learn. Reading skills are closely linked to a child’s ability to recognize sounds, understand language, and use language effectively. Meanwhile, writing skills are closely linked to a child’s ability to understand words, and thoughtfully use language to express themselves. So, if speech & language are at the root of developing reading & writing skills, it makes perfect sense that SLPs are uniquely suited to help with all of it. In fact, it’s what we do best.
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