“There is no such thing as a child who hates to read; there are only children who have not found the right book. “
—Frank Serafini, author
Kids generally learn to read until third grade. After third grade, they read to learn.
Reading is the basis of learning and the benefits are many. On a practical level, reading helps us navigate life. Following recipes, taking medications and obeying written traffic signs all require the ability to literally read and understand what we are seeing. On a more cerebral level, reading advances our mind, teaches us language skills, expands our vocabulary, builds our listening skills and develops our imagination and creativity.
Now just imagine a child who is experiencing difficulty reading.
Research has proven that struggling with reading is not a sign of a lack of intelligence. Nor should children who be labeled as lazy or unmotivated. Often, they have just fallen through the cracks. Sometimes it is simply a matter of finding the right approach.
“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.”
—Frederick Douglass, escaped slave, activist and abolitionist leader
Literacy extends to all academic areas, including math, where understanding the word problems are as essential as computing the correct numerical answer.
Difficulty reading not only affects academic abilities but also self-esteem. When reading skills are deficient, grades may suffer despite average or above average intelligence and self-confidence can go right down the tubes.
Our Reading Skills Mastery Program
has been developed to address grade-specific reading (literacy) skills and strategies. Our therapists are trained to assess each student and identify the issues before implementing a monthly individualized program tailored to the age of the child, the amount of intervention required, and the goals set in the initial session. Each session is 45 minutes with a minimum of three sessions per week.
From helping children acquire and master basic reading and writing skills to teaching compensatory strategies, decoding skills, essay writing and note taking, the Great Speech Reading Skills Mastery Program focuses on identifying missing skill sets and creating a targeted program using the check list below.
- Recognition and understanding of letters and letter sounds
- Reading comprehension
- Reading accuracy and fluency Recognition and use of letters and letters sounds
- Learning and application of phonics rules
- Automatic recognition and reading of sight words
- Word attack skills (how to read an unfamiliar word)
- Word study (root, suffix, etc.)
- Reading speed and accuracy
- Handwriting or typing of letters
- Learning and applying spelling rules and patterns
- Learning different writing styles and purposes (e.g., persuasive, descriptive, etc.)
- Using various aids when writing (e.g., graphic organizers)
- Learning and applying planning/organization strategies (e.g., outline, brainstorm, timelines, etc.)
- Word Relationships (compound words, antonyms, synonyms)
- Contextual Word Lists
- Derivational Word Lists
- Semantic Mapping and Feature Analysis
“To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.”
– Victor Hugo, French poet and novelist
Lighting the fire and keeping the spark alive is one of our areas of expertise. Word power is brain power and has been linked to improved health, socioeconomic status and creativity. We are proud of the success of those who have enrolled in our Reading Skills Mastery Program and would love to provide services to those who are experiencing academic difficulties due to poor or limited reading skills.
Get started with an introductory call by clicking the link below to discuss how a licensed speech and language pathologist can help you achieve your goals.