Phonological awareness skills are the skills needed to be able to identify, isolate, and use specific sounds and phonemes in speech. This means being able to recognize and understand the structure of sentences and specific words. If a child is able to develop strong phonological awareness skills, he or she will most likely find it easier to learn to read, and will have stronger reading and writing comprehensive skills in the future.
These skill sets allow people to better understand and use language. For example, phonological awareness allows a child to identify when two words use the same sounds, and that helps them find words that will rhyme with one another. These skills can also help with a child’s ability to learn to spell words accurately because they will understand how specific sounds are typically spelled in every word.
How To Correctly Identify Sounds in Speech
Phonological awareness skills can be developed in young child through a few simple exercises. The child can learn to identify and count syllables in words in order to better understand the sounds and the structures that create words and sentences. Once the child is able to isolate specific sounds, they can then learn how to find the similar sounds in other words. This will help them learn to read words that they have never encountered before.
Speech pathologists in Sydney work to help your children develop phonological skills that will help them learn to dissect and manipulate sounds and syllables, and how to spell and read new words. You can challenge a child’s phonological awareness skills by having him or her isolate sounds, delete specific sounds or syllables in a word, of have them say words backwards. All of these activities will help the child better understand the mechanics, complexity, and application of the language. The best way to help a child understand reading and writing is to help them understand the very basic building blocks of sound.
If you have questions or concerns about children’s speech and language contact your local doctor, who will arrange for you to see a speech pathologist. We‘ll provide you with a straightforward, efficient and very effective treatment plan targeted to your concerns.