Communication Matters

Pre-Literacy Skills for Preschoolers

Megan Ahlman, M.A. CCC-SLP | Posted on August 08, 2018

Children ages 3-5 are considered to be preschool-age. During this time, it is important to lay a strong foundation of language and literacy skills. Early exposure to a variety of language concepts and literacy themes can prepare your child for success in preschool and ensure they have adequate time to master skills that will help them to thrive in kindergarten.

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Tags: Speech, Communication, reading, literacy, Learning

How the Wilson Reading System Can Help Your Child

Barbara Choudhury, SLP | Posted on March 03, 2018

The Wilson Reading System (WRS) is a multi-sensory, research-based reading and writing program. It is a complete curriculum for teaching decoding (sounding out words) and encoding (spelling), beginning with phoneme segmentation. WRS directly teaches the structure of words in the English language so that students master the coding system for reading and spelling. Unlike other programs that overwhelm the student with rules, the language system of English is presented in a systematic and cumulative manner so that it is manageable. It provides an organized, sequential system with extensive controlled text to help teachers implement a multi-sensory structured language program.

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Tags: reading, literacy, Wilson Reading Program, Learning

Read Across America Day - March 2

Sharon Dundee | Posted on March 03, 2018

The National Education Association (NEA) Read Across America Day is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss.

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Tags: Speech, Language, Communication, reading, literacy, Wilson Reading Program, Learning

Prevent "Summer Slide" in Reading Skills

Barbara Choudhury, SLP | Posted on February 02, 2018

Summer vacation isn’t all fun and games (even if it should be).  Research shows that summer can take a toll on a student’s knowledge and skills-from mathematics to reading development.  Summer learning loss (“summer slide”) contributes substantially to the achievement gap between low-income and high-income students.  Luckily many types of summer programs can help keep a child's mind engaged over the summer.

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Tags: reading, literacy, Wilson Reading Program, Reading Summer Camp

Signs and symptoms of a language-learning disability

Michelle Foye, MA CCC-SLP | Posted on February 02, 2018

If your child has difficulty with any of the listed signs and symptoms, a language learning evaluation conducted by a speech-language pathologist SLP) is recommended.

  • Reads slowly and painfully
  • Shows wide disparity between listening comprehension and reading comprehension of some text; that is, they understand if someone tells them
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Reading Aloud: The Importance of a Bedtime Story

Sharon Dundee | Posted on February 02, 2018
Bedtime story.jpgDid you know that reading aloud is the single most important thing a parent or caregiver can do to help a child prepare for reading and learning?
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Tags: Speech, Language, Communication, reading, literacy, Wilson Reading Program, Reading Summer Camp

What is the 30 Million Word Gap?

The Role of Parent-Child Verbal Interaction in Language and Literacy Development

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Tags: Speech, Language, Communication, reading, literacy, Wilson Reading Program, Reading Summer Camp