Did you know….

only 13% of adults in the US are classified as ‘proficient’ in reading and writing?Recent studies have found that 50% of our population cannot read with the fluency, accuracy, and comprehension necessary to decipher an 8th grade level book – let alone newspapers, health guidelines, schedules, or manuals.


The foundation of literacy is language; in early childhood, our phonological awareness (sound awareness) evolves so that we understand how individual sounds can be put together to create different words. We must first understand words, to be able to understand sentences, then grammar and inferred emotion or style.

Where do you start?

1. Enroll your child in our Reading Racoon’s Reading & Literacy Summer Program – which targets the five building blocks of reading: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.

2. Explore one of our BrainWaves programs (FastForWord, The Listening Program, Reading Assistant) that support auditory processing, reading and language comprehension, and brain processing

3. Read aloud with your child; set a daily goal, & make it fun!

4. Build Phonological Awareness (rhyming, syllables, constonants, vowels, etc)

5. Ask questions to develop comprehension and analysis skills

6. Practice sounds, reading & writing

Some of our favorite resources:

How we Read & Write (8 Part PBS series for parents, teachers, caregivers, etc): http://www.readingrockets.org/launching#overview

Literacy Resources (games, guides): https://www.speechandlanguagekids.com/literacy-resource-pa…/

How to Read to Kids: https://www.speechandlanguagekids.com/book-reading-for-lan…/

The Role of Speech Therapy in Reading & Writing: https://www.speechandlanguagekids.com/speech-therapists-ro…/