What is a Literacy Disorder?:
Literacy refers to the ability to read and write at a level adequate for written communication. In today’s society, one out of every five school-aged children has difficulty with reading. Children develop literacy within phases which do not always occur in sequential order. These phases are the building blocks that work with each other in order for the individual to be able to read, write, speak and solve problems within their every day environment. When an individual has difficulties with the skills necessary to be proficient at literacy, intervention may be necessary to provide the building blocks for successful literacy development. The lifelong impact on those children with poor reading and writing skills can be devastating; however, with proper identification and intervention of literacy difficulties, those problems do not have to create a long-term impact on an individual.
Assessment and Treatment:
Evaluations for literacy may include the use of standardized and/or informal observation and testing to identify strengths and weaknesses, as well as define targets for therapy. The speech-language pathologists at Evergreen Speech & Hearing Clinic have the knowledge and experience needed to identify literacy problems and will create a program tailored to the individual patient’s needs, interests and learning styles to ensure progress. Our clinicians use games, crafts, computers and more to maintain high levels of motivation during sessions. Additionally, at times, a combination of group and/or individual sessions is used to promote maximal participation and progress toward treatment goals. Some of the programs offered at Evergreen Speech & Hearing Clinic include Seeing Stars, LIPS, SPELL Links to Reading and Writing, and Fast ForWord.
Links for more information:
American Speech and Hearing Association: www.asha.org