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Early reading: Hyperlexia and How to Use Your Child's Early Reading to Improve Language Skills

Updated: Mar 3, 2023

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Hyperlexia is a condition characterized by an early and intense focus on reading, often at the expense of other language and communication skills. Children with hyperlexia may have difficulty with expressive language, social communication, and understanding and following spoken instructions. They may also have difficulty with phonemic awareness, phonics, and decoding skills.

Signs of hyperlexia include:

  • Early and intense focus on reading

  • Ability to read at an advanced level for their age

  • Difficulty with expressive language and social communication

  • Difficulty understanding and following spoken instructions

  • Difficulty with phonemic awareness, phonics, and decoding skills

If your child is hyperlexic, there are a variety of strategies that your speech-language pathologist at Speech Eat Learn, LLC may use to help improve their language skills. These may include:

  • Language-based reading instruction: Children with hyperlexia may benefit from language-based reading instruction, which focuses on building a strong foundation in language and literacy skills. This may include activities such as rhyming, syllable segmentation, and phoneme manipulation.

  • Social communication interventions: Children with hyperlexia may benefit from interventions that focus on improving social communication skills, such as turn-taking, initiating conversation, and maintaining eye contact.

  • Sensory integration therapy: Children with hyperlexia and autism may have sensory processing challenges that can impact their ability to communicate and learn. Sensory integration therapy can be helpful in addressing these challenges and improving overall functioning.

  • Play-based therapy: Play-based therapy can be an effective way for children with hyperlexia to practice language and communication skills in a natural and enjoyable way.

It is important to work with a qualified speech-language pathologist to determine the specific needs and goals of your child and to develop a personalized treatment plan. With the right support and interventions, children with hyperlexia can make significant progress and reach their full potential. Contact Speech Eat Learn for your child's speech and language evaluation today. Services available via teletherapy in multiple states or in-person in Boca Raton and surrounding areas in South Florida.


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