As a clinical Speech Pathologist, I am often asked to assess children’s literacy development.
Parents will often describe to me that they observe, in their children, the behaviours outlined below:
- Continued strong desire for their parents to read to them
- Reading avoidance such as intentionally disrupting and distracting when it’s their turn/they are required to read
- Being reluctant or refusing to go to school
- Reporting being bullied at school
- Saying to their parents “I am dumb”
- Reduced general confidence even in non-academic activities
- Poor spelling
- Resistance to classroom writing activities
- The child tells their parents that they don’t understand what they are supposed to do in the classroom when in fact they can’t read the instructions
- They are behind the benchmarks set by the school or state curriculum
- The child tells their parents that they can’t read
Early intervention around these issues is invaluable.
If you are observing a combination of these behaviours, a focus on building foundation literacy skills will be of significant benefit.
Moving sequentially through the My Alison Work Early Literacy Program will consolidate your child’s base literacy skills and reduce many of these concerns.
If you are concerned regarding your child’s literacy development, it may be advisable to discuss this further with your child’s teacher or a Speech Pathologist.