Vocabulary knowledge, rhyming, storytelling and listening skills of pre-prep children are critical early language skills linked directly to literacy acquisition.


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These emergent literacy skills significantly predict later reading success. Children also need to be taught the alphabet. They may learn to recite the alphabet, but they also need to be developing the ability to recognise, name and say the sound of each letter. This knowledge is consolidated in Prep.

Children with a history of speech and language delays are at greater risk of needing support to develop early literacy skills. Speech Pathologists are skilled in identifying and providing intervention support for any emergent literacy difficulties.


Read and Grow

In partnership with Communities for Children (C4C), S.P.E.E.C.H Pty Ltd has developed the Read and Grow program. Read and Grow sessions are interactive and include a song/rhyme, a story, and an art/craft activity that is connected to a book. The aim of the Read and Grow program is to provide a fun, safe environment for families, educators, or support workers to explore and share books with children. Based on this model, S.P.E.E.C.H. therapists now offer Read, Say and Play intervention groups for pre-prep aged children. For more information on this program please email admin@speechforkids.com.au.
Read and Grow workshops are delivered regularly and are open to all members of the community. In these workshops, participants will enhance their understanding of the link between language and literacy development and will learn key strategies to enhance shared story sessions with young children. Please contact admin@speechforkids.com.au if you would like more information about the Read and Grow workshops.

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