Early Literacy

Young readers (K–3) can struggle with reading at various stages.  As we know, some readers pick up the alphabet, phonemic awareness (speech sounds), and phonics (combining speech sounds and letters) quite easily while others struggle with these combinations.  When I meet with a child for the first time, I make sure I understand the child’s strengths and weaknesses as described by the parent or teacher and then verified by my assessment.  Depending on the age of the student, I often use games for my complementary assessment.  Oftentimes, I find that the child struggles not with phonics or even fluency but with vocabulary and reading comprehension.