Language Development & Reading/Literacy
HOW DOES MY CHILD'S LANGUAGE SKILLS IMPACT READING AND LITERACY?
Language development starts at birth. Children are continually learning from their environment and developing skills to communicate their wants, needs, thoughts, feelings, and ideas. Their interaction with books, magazines, and printed material also begins at birth and continues into pre-school. As a child develops language, their ability to associate speech sounds with printed material as well as highly developed receptive and expressive language skills enhances their ability to recognize letters of the alphabet, street sign letters, rhyming words, etc. Children are then ready to learn more about written language with what they already know through spoken language.
ASHA, www.asha.org, Accessed September 2022
If you are concerned with your child's reading and writing skills, we recommend language testing first to rule out a possible delay in receptive and expressive language. From there we can assess the breakdown with your child's language skills that may be impeding their reading and written language.