Literacy Difficulties

While each child’s literacy difficulty is unique, it typically manifests as an unusual difficulty remembering letter-sound relationships, struggling to remember sight words, or difficulty using word attack strategies.

Literacy Difficulties

How we help

By carrying out a comprehensive literacy assessment and conducting literacy therapy, we will help your child if they have literacy difficulties.

Our comprehensive literacy assessment allows us to identify your child’s specific areas of strength and pinpoint the areas of breakdown in their literacy skills.

It comprises a reading assessment as well as writing and spelling assessments.  

How do I spot a literacy difficulty in my child?

Literacy difficulties frequently manifest, with children making very slow or no progress regardless of whether practice is done at home or at school. They cause persistent reading and writing difficulties and exhibit a variety of characteristics at various stages of school.

Literacy difficulties manifest themselves in kindergarten and the first year of school by having difficulties learning sounds, identifying letters, recalling letter combinations, blending sounds into words, forgetting words that have just been prompted on a page, being slow to learn sight words, and progressing through reading levels.

Struggles with blending, effortful reading, forgetting words that have just been practiced, not understanding what has been read, struggling with maths, spelling difficulties, writing shorter stories than peers, struggling with grammar due to greater focus on language, needing additional school support, low self-esteem around reading, and struggling with computer-based tasks could all be signs of literacy difficulties in middle primary.

Literacy difficulties in upper primary school manifest as slow or effortful reading, difficulties understanding and interpreting tasks, inability to grasp nuances in texts or questions, problems adapting writing styles for different written activities, inability to formulate and organise ideas for written assignments, and taking longer to complete assignments, among other things.

Impact of literacy difficulty on a child’s skillsets

A child with literacy difficulties will typically struggle with phonological awareness, phonics, sight words, and vocabulary. However, research has shown that therapy in the preschool or kindergarten years significantly improves children’s literacy skills. This means that the sooner a child is taken to therapy, the better.