Food for thought…….

Have you ever read a book, but stopped because the book didn’t capture your attention?  As an adult, we can choose what we want to read. Unfortunately for a child, the choice is not always his or hers to make.  For a child with language difficulties, reading can become a difficult task because of deficits in vocabulary, reading comprehension, etc.  Finding engaging materials relevant to the individual child becomes important.  As a parent, informing your child’s therapist of his or her favorite reading materials will help the therapist develop activities that better capture your child’s attention.  This can be related to classroom material, a book chosen by your child, a book the family is reading at home, a favorite magazine, etc.  We can pre-teach vocabulary, reinforce vocabulary, develop comprehension questions, and target grammar skills with the knowledge of your child’s favorite reading materials.  Share your child’s favorite reading materials with your therapist.  The more positive experiences a child has involving reading the less frustration they wll feel.  Remember, repetition is vital for expanding language skills, especially when building vocabulary.

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