Literacy is the ability to read and write. There is a close relationship between language development and literacy development. Children need to be able to hear the sounds in words, understand vocabulary, understand how to put words together in sentences and how to construct stories in order to learn to read and write.
When a child falls behind in reading and writing at school, a Speech Pathologist can assess the child’s language and literacy to find any underlying problems. A therapy program may include activities to improve the child’s ability to analyse the sounds in words, to understand the meanings of words and how they relate together in sentences and to understand how sentences relate to each other in a story.