During the early stages of a child’s speech and language development, reading skills are already being implemented. Speech, language, and the awareness of sounds are the building blocks to an easy transition into reading. Between the ages of three and five, children are usually able to rhyme as well as match sounds to letters. Being aware of the various sounds that words are comprised of is an important skill for reading that some children have more trouble developing.
The following are signs that a child has trouble with reading and may require some intervention:
- Difficulty recognizing and remembering sight words
- Inaccurate letter sound blending
- Trouble distinguishing between familiar looking letters and words
- Lack of confidence and interest in reading
Because reading is so dependent upon language skills, speech-language therapists at Granite Bay Speech are readily equipped to help children obtain and develop reading skills. We look at the child’s needs as well as their strengths and develop a treatment plan tailored to them.