Some children find the transition from oral communication to written communication difficult. Reading, writing and spelling require a whole new skill set. All children acquire reading, writing and spelling skills at different rates and it is important to talk to your teacher about your child’s progress within each of these skill areas.
As children progress into high school, there is a very high level of writing and reading required in their school work. High school students are required to write essays, both persuasive and analytical, and often do not receive the high level of support provided in primary school. They are also required to read and analyse a number of texts (such as novels, poems and films) and use complex vocabulary to demonstrate their understanding. Many of their teaching material can be presented through readings.
We commonly support high school students who:
- are having trouble reading or understanding texts, or knowing how to answer questions well
- struggle to get their ides onto paper
- have always struggled with spelling and grammar
- don’t know where to start with writing
The Speech Pathologists at Peach Speech Pathology have received training in evidence-based literacy intervention, and can support high school students to:
- read accurately and understand what they are reading (using taught strategies) to help them understand the texts they read and answer questions appropriately
- learn to unpack what the question requires and then understand and effectively use the process of writing, from planning what to write, organising your writing (vocabulary, sentence structure and grammar) to editing
- clearly understand different types of writing and structures, including persuasive and analytical (text-based) essays and information reports
- learn spelling rules and patterns and practicing applying these in writing task. A structured, synthetic phonics approach to teaching spelling helps children to clearly understand the link between letters and sounds, and builds their knowledge gradually, with opportunity to practice and cement their skills before moving on through the sequence of knowledge. This approach, coupled with explicit teaching, has strong evidence of producing positive outcomes.
- develop the use of a more complex vocabulary and sentence structures to improve their written work
- utilise their outlines to create effective study planners and manage their homework time
If your teenager is also having difficulty holding a pen or writing it is good to mention these to your Speech Pathologist as they may need to refer your child to an Occupational Therapist. Calm & Connected Occupational Therapists can assess and support your teenager at the Peach Speech Pathology offices, or come to your home or school. The Peach Speech Pathology team also works closely with other occupational therapists to identify and support handwriting difficulties.
The Peach Team has supported many students through both WACE and non-ATAR subjects, helping students to learn, understand the requirements of assessments and different question types and demonstrate their understanding through writing. In fact, many of our clients have gone on to achieve higher education through university and post-graduate studies. Please call us to hear how we can support your adolescent with their school work.