Speech-Language Pathologists have extensive knowledge of and experience treating many challenges related to development of reading accuracy, fluency, and comprehension, including:

  • Language and its subsystems, including phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics
  • Phonological Awareness, such as rhyming, alliteration, blending, and segmenting
  • Speech-Sound Disorders
  • Higher-order thinking skills

Reading disorder frequently co-occurs with other neurodevelopmental disorders, including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), anxiety and depressive disorders, and conduct disorders. Speech-Language Pathologists have received extensive training in working with individuals with a range of needs and comorbidities.

What does a reading session look like at Emerge?

Each session will start with visual and auditory/kinesthetic drill of previously taught concepts in order to support memory and automaticity. Then, your child will be taught a new concept and practice knowledge and application via personalized multi-sensory experiences, reading, and spelling activities.

When your child starts reading sessions, they will be provided with a take-home folder and “tool kit” to assist with daily at-home practice. You will be provided with a script and list of tips for supporting your child.

Speech-language pathologists reading with a young girl
toddler girl reading a book while her feet are resting on her mother's knee
Here are some red flags for early reading development:
  • Trouble rhyming
  • Trouble clapping syllables
  • Trouble determining what sound a word starts with
  • Trouble remembering letters and their sounds
  • Avoids reading
Common reasons for seeking support:
  • Your child dislikes reading and avoids it
  • Your child has trouble recognizing sight words
  • Your child has difficulty sounding out and blending new and familiar words
  • Your child has difficulty segmenting and spelling new and familiar words
  • Your child has difficulty understanding and participating in sound games that include rhyming, alliteration, and syllable clapping
  • Your child has difficulty answering comprehension questions about an oral or written passage
  • Your child sounds stilted with little variation in their intonation
toddler girl reading a book while her feet are resting on her mother's knee

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Tools and Materials
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To make mealtimes more fun:


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