[Source: Smart Speech Therapy, LLC; Speech Universe]
Hi there! My name is Jen from Speech Universe and to day I am doing a guest post for Smart Speech Therapy on phonemic awareness. I am a speech-language pathologist who works in a public elementary school. A few years ago, my district created an initiative for all speech-language pathologists to work with our most at risk kindergarten students by addressing phonemic awareness skills. I currently work with a group of four kindergarten students four times a week for about 20 minutes each session. We use lots of songs and literature to target phonemic awareness skills.
Working on phonemic and phonological awareness skills is an evidence-based practice. “Preschool children who are at-risk for later developing reading disorders, including children with speech-sound disorders and children in poverty, need explicit instruction on phonological awareness skills, including segmenting, rhyme, and print awareness. Use of age-appropriate literature to facilitate motivation in children is an effective therapy technique.” (Justice, Chow, Capellini, Flanigan, & Colton, 2003)