Once a child enters Kindergarten, a world of academic knowledge is about to unfold. Every child has a particular learning style that is nurtured through parents and educators. For the school age child, learning to learn encompasses the necessity of reading and writing. Researchers now believe that these skills may begin to develop as early as 2 years of age. The language-literacy continuum will go beyond adolescence and into adulthood. Cognition and language connections grow at a rapid rate between the ages of 5 and 14 years. Ongoing language learning development in areas such as reading comprehension and written expression are required for higher-level academic success.

The American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) charges the Speech-Language Pathologist with the ethical responsibility of meeting the IDEA: No Child Left behind Act. Speech-language pathologists now play an increasingly vital role in supporting the development of literacy skills for school-age children. This important work is addressed using research-based therapeutic interventions and state of the art reading programs.

Speech-language pathologists employ strategic instruction and collaborative curriculum methodology to support a child's learning style so s/he may achieve academic success.

Special attention is paid to strengthening a child's vocabulary, storytelling and deciphering skills for reading comprehension and writing. The development of auditory/language processing skills and verbal problem solving skills are also monitored to aid in the development of social skills as well as academic learning.

At The Downtown Brooklyn Speech Language Hearing Clinic, the school age child receives one on one attention with a licensed Speech Language Pathologist who develops a specialized therapeutic intervention plan following evidence-based practice for the area of need. The Speech Language Pathologist will integrate the NY State Common Core Standards into the therapy process as a means of insuring that the individual has the language skill capacity for meeting the demands of the curriculum.  In addition, it is customary for the Speech Language Pathologist to set up a conference call with a child's teacher or to visit to a child's school, if requested. 

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