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Dyslexia; The Myths, the Facts and the Treatment

What is dyslexia? Can Speech Pathologists help?  Yes! When most people hear this term, the cinematic representation of letters jumbling on the page seems to come to the front of mind. But is this truly what kids with ‘dyslexia’ experience?

Put simply, the research shows us that dyslexia means a difficulty with reading.   Here at Cooee Speech Pathology we adopt the more current terminology of ‘Reading Disorder’. This difficulty with reading or decoding of the written form of language may be due to a number of different reasons and can lead to a variety of different breakdowns within a child’s processing of letters and words.

As speech pathologists we are dedicated to finding out the ‘why’. Yes a child might be struggling with reading, but what specifically is causing this difficulty? Discovering the underlying processing impairment not only assists with setting goals, but may also provide teachers, and school staff with vital information about how each individual child learns best. A comprehensive literacy assessment investigates:

  • Phonological Awarenes
  • Rapid Naming Ability
  • Phonological Memory
  • Foundational Oral Language Skills
  • Functional Reading Ability

It is only in assessing these vital components of literacy, that we can truly understand the barriers a child faces in achieving success in reading. Read more here about how to support early literacy development with daily shared book reading.

The good news for parents and children with a reading disorder is that there is a treatment solution! Although there are a number of programmes advertised for ‘dyslexia treatment’ we urge caution in undertaking any programs with a limited or skewed evidence-base. Here at Cooee Speech Pathology we implement an explicit systematic synthetics phonics intervention that is tailored to each individual child’s reading profile.

We provide a bottom-up approach to teaching which ensures that each child has acquired essential foundational skills before tackling more complex aspects of reading. It is through this approach to treatment that we are able to support children in becoming successful and confident readers.

Early assessment and intervention is always essential to helping kids keep up with their peers, and learn to love reading.

Contact our friendly team at the clinic if you would like to discuss your child’s reading development further.

“Oh, magic hour, when a child first knows she can read printed words!” — A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, 1943


Written by Lauren Lacey

Speech Pathologist