Reading, Writing, and Dyslexia
Sky Bridge Therapies’ Reading and Writing Therapy Program provides an interdisciplinary approach to reading support for children with various reading and writing difficulties. Our approach involves a speech and occupational therapist which allows for a comprehensive assessment of a child’s reading and writing skills with information regarding phonetic skills, language processing, visual tracking, writing and fine motor skills, attention, executive function, and memory.
After the assessment, both the speech and occupational therapist work to develop a plan of care based on the data they have collected and family input.
Based on your child’s needs, therapy may consist of individual or group sessions designed to improve reading and writing skills.
Learning to read can be an extremely difficult and stressful process for children (and their caregivers). Reading success has been linked to strong foundational skills. These skills include:
Difficulty with these skills often results in difficulty learning to read. There are also specific learning disabilities that can contribute to reading challenges. They include:
Dyslexia: a learning disability that affects reading and related language-based processing skills. Dyslexia can affect reading fluency, decoding, reading comprehension, recall, writing, spelling, and sometimes speech.
Auditory & Language Processing Disorders: conditions that adversely affect how sound is processed/interpreted by the brain.
Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit: a disorder that affects the understanding of information that a person sees, or the ability to draw or copy. It can result in missing subtle differences in shapes or printed letters, losing place frequently, struggles with cutting, holding a pencil too tightly, or poor eye/hand coordination.
ADHD/ADD: a disorder that includes difficulty staying focused and paying attention, difficulty controlling behavior and hyperactivity.