After 20 years in the field, Miss Ellen knows her stuff! Her training and experience set her apart from other therapists in the areas of:
Childhood apraxia of speech & other issues affecting speech clarity
Late talkers & early langauge development
Reading, dyslexia & other difficulties with early literacy
What? She works on reading?! She sure does! At their core, dyslexia and most other difficulties with reading and spelling are rooted in the language system (especially phonological awareness & processing)…
Letters are simply visual representations of speech sounds. Reading is just another way of using language to communicate… You can listen or read to gain information and you can speak or write to send it. Reading and spelling fall squarely in the field of speech-language pathology… but it’s hard to find someone who specializes in it.
What She’ll Do
If they are struggling to speak clearly, she’ll figure out why. If they are too quiet for their age, she’ll find out what is holding them back. If they are struggling to learn to read, she’ll determine where the system is breaking down. Then, she will build a strong foundation, teach the missing skills, and fill in the gaps. Before you know it, their progress will be undeniable!