During their early years, children begin to learn about print and about how oral language is reflected in written symbols. Literacy skills are promoted and supported through play, reading books and back-and-forth communication. A solid foundation in oral language development during these years will promote successful reading and writing in the future.
Speech language pathologists have specialized knowledge and experience to help children build these skills. Often, we are the first professionals to identify the root causes of reading and writing difficulties. Several key elements of literacy that speech language pathologists address are: