Our clinic now offers language-based literacy services for school aged children and young adults. Reading services are individualized depending on each child’s needs with an opportunity for collaboration of therapists across disciplines offered, including: Psychology, Speech-Language Pathology, and Occupational Therapy, with the aim to thoroughly support your child in becoming a successful reader.
The National Literacy Act of 1991 defines literacy as “an individual’s ability to read, write, and speak in English and compute and solve problems at levels of proficiency necessary to function on the job and in society, to achieve one’s goals, and to develop one’s knowledge and potential. Language-based literacy difficulties can be defined as, “problems with age-appropriate reading, spelling, and/or writing (ASHA, 1997-2017).”
Our therapists involved with the assessment and intervention processes include Wendy Blumenthal, Ph.D. and Alissa Belmont, M.S. CCC-SLP
These therapists work closely with parents to improve literacy in the clinic as well as to provide creative solutions for supporting literacy at home.
Each discipline has something to offer children struggling with literacy:
- Our Speech-Language Pathologists possess Master’s degrees and certification from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association which designates those involved in the literacy assessment and intervention process possess the specialized knowledge base for your child’s development of language and literacy within both oral and written language domains.
- Our Occupational Therapists who focus on functional reading of print around a child’s daily life environment as well as writing mechanics
- Our Psychologist who conducts psychoeducational evaluations to further specialize comprehensive reading interventions
Call our office today (941) 745-5111 to schedule your child to receive a comprehensive language-based literacy evaluation.
Our comprehensive language-based assessments can be tailored to fit your child’s individual needs but in order to identify underlying areas of strength and weakness as they relate to language and literacy the following skills are typically investigated in depth in order to develop a plan and execute individualized treatment accordingly: oral expression including story grammar, cohesion, vocabulary, and sentence structure; listening/auditory comprehension, evaluation of language structures including grammar, phonological skills including awareness and decoding; sight word recognition; oral reading skills including rate, accuracy, fluency, and comprehension; written language content, handwriting, spelling, as well as each child’s self-esteem as a reader.