Apraxia and Reading
"Above all, children love to be read to. It is a special time for them to be close to the grown-ups who care for them, and a wonderful way to feel loved" (B. Bush, 1993)
It is very important to begin reading to your child at a young age. Reading improves vocabulary, memory skills and speech skills. In hearing your voice your child can copy proper speech. Using books with rhyming text is helpful also.
Sturdy board books with pictures to identify helps your child learn new vocabulary words and to consistently practice naming familiar objects.
Learning to Read
How do you teach a child struggling to talk to read? One of the biggest struggles with teaching a child with apraxia to read is difficulty with phonetic awareness - they have a lot of trouble identifying the letter sounds and some letter sounds they simply can't produce.
Any activity to increase awareness of the sounds of letters would be helpful. For more ideas on increasing awareness of letter sounds and learning to read, please see Chapter 16 of my eBook Apraxia Explained
We worked with our daughter at home in teaching her to read. She was still struggling with pronouncing some of the letter sounds and had an initial problem with reversing letters, which are early warning signs of dyslexia. As many as 75% of apraxic children are diagnosed with some form of dyslexia. Dyslexia can range from mild to profound, with a wide range of symptoms. It may show up as difficulty reading, poor handwriting, lack of phonological awareness or poor spelling. Sound therapy can have a positive affect on dyslexia and research has shown it can greatly reduce the symptoms. For additional information on dyslexia and a list of early warning signs, please click here - Dyslexia
After learning to read, we noticed a gain in her speech. She had a lot of trouble with dropping off the ending sounds of words. Seeing the ending letter in print made her more aware of it and sounding out the words gave her a lot of practice in her speech.