Why are Speech-Language Pathologists uniquely equipped to work with literacy deficits?
Literacy is simply language on paper, and SLPs are language experts by profession!
The American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) explains that “spoken language provides the foundation for the development of reading and writing. Spoken and written language have a reciprocal relationship, such that each builds on the other to result in general language and literacy competence.”
All of the skills required for reading and writing are within the scope of what SLPs have been doing for decades
Effective communication is essential to everyday life, and one of the tricky things about navigating our beautifully diverse world is communicating clearly and effectively with others when their linguistic or cultural background differs significantly from our own. Often the cause of communication breakdown is not so much the language being spoken, but the accent (or patterns of speech production) of the person speaking it. Accent modification is a systematic approach to increasing a person’s ability to be understood through modifying their speech patterns.