How phonological awareness can help students with dyslexia

Professor and clinical neuropsychiatrist Sandra K. Loo, PhD describes how phonological awareness can help students with dyslexia. Hear what word and sounds our expert uses to articulate the importance phonological awareness in kids with dyslexia.
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How phonological awareness can help students with dyslexia

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Phonological awareness is the ability to process phonemes, which is the correspondence between letters and their sounds. So if someone has difficulty with phonological awareness, they won’t be able to decode words. So if you had a word like ‘cat’ c-a-t, you have to know which sounds go with the letter and then you have to be able to blend those sounds together in order to read a word. Phonological awareness is said to be one of the core problems in dyslexia. So this is one of the key areas that a reading intervention needs to address.

Professor and clinical neuropsychiatrist Sandra K. Loo, PhD describes how phonological awareness can help students with dyslexia. Hear what word and sounds our expert uses to articulate the importance phonological awareness in kids with dyslexia.

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Sandra K. Loo, PhD

Pediatric Neuropsychologist

Dr. Sandra Loo is Director of Pediatric Neuropsychology and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine. Dr. Loo is a child clinical psychologist and works clinically in the Medical Psychology Assessment Center and UCLA ADHD Clinics. She specializes in neuropsychological assessment of childhood psychiatric disorders such as ADHD and Dyslexia. Before coming to UCLA, Dr. Loo was director of two outpatient clinics specializing in the diagnostic and neurocognitive assessment of attention and learning disorders at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and the University of Massachusetts where she worked with Dr. Russell Barkley.

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