The Role of Speech Pathology in the Literacy Space

Written by Vince Borg

Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist
B.Sc, B.Sp.Path, C.P.S.P

Speech Pathologists play a crucial role in literacy intervention, helping individuals overcome difficulties in reading, writing and language skills. Literacy skills are all the skills required to read and write.

Speech Pathologists can help individuals to best develop the vital emergent literacy skills that are developmental precursors to reading and writing, preparing individuals for the educational demands of school.

Speech Pathologists can also support school-aged children further improve their reading and writing skills as they progress in school. 

With our expertise in communication and language development, Speech Pathologists assess and identify specific areas of difficulty that may be impacting a person’s reading and writing skills.

Development and Intervention

At Box Hill Speech Pathology, our Speech Pathologists will conduct a variety of literacy assessments to determine an individual’s reading and writing ability.

We work closely with individuals of all ages, including children and young adults, to provide therapy and classroom strategies to improve reading and writing. Because of our strong background in language, language development, and language disorders, we can make significant contributions to the development of those early reading and writing skills.

We collaborate with teachers, parents, and other professionals to create client-specific intervention plans and provide ongoing support to promote literacy achievement and overall communication abilities.

Through our dedication and specialised knowledge, Speech Pathologists play a vital role in empowering individuals to become confident and proficient readers and writers. 

If you or someone you know may benefit from literacy intervention, please don’t hesitate to contact Box Hill Speech Pathology today.


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