Language impairments and their affect on literacy
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Language impairments can have a profound impact on future reading skills. When detected early, intervention from speech-language pathologists (SLPs) and reading teachers, can lessen the severity of literacy impairments. Therefore, it is imperative SLPs are aware of the correlation between reading disabilities and language impairments to better serve the children on their caseloads. Working together, classroom teachers, parents, reading teachers, and SLPs can identify and appropriately serve children with language and reading impairments. It is criticalfor children with language impairments to be assessed early and often for problems in reading in order to prevent academic setbacks, because improving literacy skills can playa role in future academic and vocational accomplishments. It is important for professionals and parents to remain updated on the research and intervention for children with speech and language impairments to provide children the best opportunity to succeed in academics and life.