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Illustration of a book with a scene coming up out of the pages - a girl with an umbrella and a dog
Reading ability is the key that unlocks the imagination
Illustration of a book with a scene coming up out of the pages - a girl with an umbrella and a dog
Reading ability is the key that unlocks the imagination

Literacy delay in children

Literacy refers to the ability to read and write. There are certain preliteracy skills, such as phonological awareness, that are essential for literacy development. Phonological awareness refers to the ability to hear, identify, and manipulate the sounds (phonemes) in words.

A child with literacy difficulties may present with difficulties in:

  • Recognising letters and their associated sound
  • Sounding out
  • Blending sounds to make words
  • Spelling (both verbally and written)
  • Taking a significant amount of time to read small passages
  • Understanding written passages (reading comprehension)

Literacy difficulties may exist in combination with a language or speech delay, or in isolation from any other difficulties.

What we offer

  1. Assessment
  2. Therapy

Assessment

Suitable for:

Anyone aged 5+ with concerns about literacy development.

Duration:

60 minutes

Prior to the appointment:

No referral necessary. You will be sent a questionnaire to complete prior to the appointment.

During the appointment:

An objective assessment by one of our university qualified and professionally active Speech-Language Pathologists will provide you with an understanding of your condition and, if warranted, treatment options available. You will have an opportunity to have any questions answered.

What you walk away with:

You - and your doctor if this was a referral - will be delivered a comprehensive report following the assessment.

Booking information:

Visit our appointment page for costs and an online booking form.

Therapy

Suitable for:

Only those who have previously undergone a speech/language assessment with Brindabella Hearing & Speech Centre.

Duration:

45 minutes

Prior to the appointment:

As explained by your Speech-Language Pathologist during the assessment or previous therapy session.

During the appointment:

Your Speech-Language Pathologist will work with you one-on-one through a set of pre-defined exercises tailored to your individual needs.

What you walk away with:

No report is provided at therapy sessions, however ongoing feedback on your progress is provided verbally. Should you or your doctor require a written report at any stage this can be arranged, in which case the therapy session will be charged at the speech assessment rate.

Booking information:

Visit our appointment page for costs and an online booking form.