Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) play a critical and direct role in the development of literacy in children and adolescents and in the diagnosis, assessment, and treatment of written language disorders, including dyslexia, given that:

  • SLPs have unique knowledge about the subsystems of language (i.e., phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics) as they relate to spoken and written language and knowledge of the metalinguistic skills required for reading and writing (e.g., phonological, semantic, orthographic, and morphological awareness);
  • spoken language provides the foundation for the development of reading and writing abilities;
  • spoken and written language have a reciprocal relationship;
  • children with spoken language problems often have difficulty learning to read and write; and
  • instruction in one modality (spoken or written) can result in growth in the other modality.

Learn more about the SLP's role in reading and written language in this American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) publication: