Recognizing and strengthening phonological awareness in dyslexia

Pediatric neuropsychologist Sandra K. Loo, PhD, discusses key tips helping dyslexic children recognize and strengthen phonological awareness. Watch this video for great examples of programs that are known to help children.
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Recognizing and strengthening phonological awareness in dyslexia

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Phonological awareness is the understanding of the correspondence of letters with their sounds, so being able to know that the letter "t" says "t-uh" helps a child to decode a word when they are presented with a word that they don't immediately recognize. Strengthening phonological awareness is a key component to improving reading, and there are a number of programs that focus on phonological awareness through repetition, training and practice. For example one program that has been empirically supported in helping with reading problems is called the Lindamood-Bell Program, and they focus on strengthening phonological awareness as a key component of their program. There is also an approach, it's not the name of the treatment program, called the Orton-Gillingham Approach, and again, the core concept there is to strengthen phonological awareness as a way to improve reading.

Pediatric neuropsychologist Sandra K. Loo, PhD, discusses key tips helping dyslexic children recognize and strengthen phonological awareness. Watch this video for great examples of programs that are known to help children.

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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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