Language skills are the building blocks for reading and literacy skills. Not only is literacy heavily dependent on language skills, it also is dependent on cognitive skills. There are some children who will struggle to grasp what the reading comprehension is about because of limited vocabulary. We want to share the foundational skills required for reading comprehension and what must be done to support the comprehension of reading material.
As Speech and Language Therapists our job is to support the development of children’s speech, language and communication skills. Traditional speech and language therapy for children was focussed on the therapist working directly with the child as the parent sat in the background. However this has changed and the key role played by the parent in supporting their child’s development is now widely recognised. By providing parents with knowledge about how language skills develop, giving effective strategies for language development alongside coaching and mentoring Speech and Language Therapists can help parents help theirchild achieve their potential. Caregiver/parents are the most important people in their child’s life when it comes to development and this makes parents the very best teachers.
Parents often ask, ‘when should I start reading to my baby?’ The simple answer to this questions is that is it never too early to begin reading to your baby. You can begin reading to your baby from the day they are born.