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Arnold School of Public Health


Focus on Literacy

Literacy Skills in Children
According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, research indicates that “17-20% of our nation’s children experience substantial difficulties in learning to read…making early identification and intervention of reading problems essential to a child’s success in both school and society”.

Preschool children with speech and language disorders are considered at-risk for problems with learning to read and to write. Our trained professionals have the knowledge and experience to identify and treat language, speech, and emergent literacy skills which serve as the foundation for later reading and writing development.

For additional information on emergent literacy and early reading and writing development, click here.

Parent Resources
The USC Speech and Hearing Research Center offers a series of internet-based information resources for parents on typical speech and language development and other developmental milestones. These parent-friendly presentations were developed and narrated by graduate students in the spring, 2007 as a part of a course entitled “Communication Foundations for Literacy”. If you suspect a problem in your child’s speech and language development after viewing these resources, please contact the Center to discuss your concerns and whether or not a speech and language evaluation is warranted.