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Reading readiness

Unlike speech and language, which is typically learned without direct teaching, reading is a skill that must be taught. Learning to read has many prerequisite skills that may be impacted by skills related to speech and language. A speech-language pathologist, also known as a speech therapist, may be an excellent resource for families who are concerned with their child’s reading readiness.

A speech therapist is trained to support development in the following areas of reading readiness:

  • Comprehension

  • Vocabulary

  • Phonemic awareness

  • Fluency

  • Phonics

What are the risk factors for reading difficulties?

  • Children who have or had a language delay are more likely to experience reading difficulties

  • Limited exposure to oral and written language before school

  • A significant history of reading difficulties in family members

  • A disability that affects oral language acquisition, such as childhood apraxia of speech or a phonological disorder

How can Expressable help your child with reading?

If you have concerns about your child’s reading readiness, online intervention with Expressable can be a convenient and affordable option for skill-building. Whether your child is in preschool or kindergarten, or has shown signs of possible reading difficulties, an Expressable speech therapist can supplement and support early reading skills.

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