Defined simply and purely, literacy is the ability to read and write.

Childhood Learning and Speech Pathology’s Customised Individual Reading and Spelling Instruction for Struggling Students

We provide a phonics and phonemic awareness program based on a sequenced, systematic, multisensory method of instruction.  This method is tailored and works well for children of all ages struggling with reading and spelling.

In each part of the sequence of instruction, children are taught to write not just letters but also beginner text types, read books, learn vocabulary and apply comprehension skills.

As Speech Pathologists, we are also trained to remedy other underlying language and process issues that may impact on learning to read and spell.

Our method to create a tailored program involves three steps:

  1. Assessment

All children are required to undertake our full language and literacy assessment so we can obtain a clear profile of your child.

This assessment can take up to two hours and includes a comprehensive literacy report.

  1. Placement Screens for reading and spelling

Once a language and literacy profile has been obtained from the full assessment, placement screens are then conducted to start your child at the correct level of instruction. This ensures the program is customised specifically to the needs of your child.

  1. The Program

All materials for the program are provided in the cost. There will also be take home exercises to complete after each session (exercises at home are essential to the speed of your child’s reading and language improvement).

Why would my child come to this service?

This is not a one-size fits all program – the extensive initial assessment and screens ensure your child is placed at the correct level of instruction.

Professional instruction – the lessons are undertaken by an experienced speech pathologist trained in the area of language, spelling and reading processes. A qualified speech pathologist can identify and remedy other underlying processes and language issues that impact on learning to read and spell.

Evidence based – our systematic multisensory methodology is based on research.

Cost effective – compared to other reading clinics, coaching centres and prescribed reading programs we are greater value for money as sessions are undertaken by a qualified speech pathologist.

Individual instruction- each child comes to us with their own unique capabilities and needs and we believe 1:1 instruction is the best way to help struggling learners.

(The following content is from Speech Pathology Australia)

How do speech pathologists help with literacy? As the experts in supporting children with communication difficulties, speech pathologists are a useful part of any literacy team.

Speech pathologists can:

  • Assess speech and language skills to determine if there are any difficulties and provide intervention and strategies to support oral language development.
  • Support oral language development in areas that are relevant to literacy, in preschools and schools.
  • Work with preschools, schools and families for example, providing strategies in order to support children’s oral language development.
  • Use their specialist knowledge of the sound system of English to help children who are having difficulty with letter-sound relationships.
  • Help children to use strategies for understanding what they read.

When should I get help for literacy problems?

Research has shown that getting help for literacy problems early can prevent those problems becoming more severe. Some children may show signs of potential difficulties before they reach school. Seeking help before your child starts school may reduce or eliminate those problems.

These signs may include:

  • being very late to start talking
  • using pronunciation patterns that are not typical ‘baby talk’ and that make the child difficult to understand
  • having difficulty learning and remembering new words
  • not being able to provide simple information clearly
  • needing very simple instructions
  • showing poor awareness of sounds in speech
  • not learning to recognise alphabet letters
  • not showing an interest in listening to stories
  • Any of these difficulties with a family history of literacy learning difficulties.

When your child is at school some of the signs may include:

  • Not developing confidence with letters and sounds; not ‘having a go’ at spelling.
  • Mispronouncing several longer words (e.g. ‘congratulations’; ‘computer’).
  • Persisting with immature grammar (e.g. ‘Her broked her glasses’).
  • Not developing the ability to tell stories and give explanations.

As your child moves through the school you may notice that your child is:

  • Not reading grade-level texts fluently and accurately.
  • Not using a strong range of spelling strategies.
  • Not able to make inferences as they read, getting the main idea and reading ‘between the lines’.

If your child is showing any of these potential problems, it would be useful to get some help from a speech pathologist.