[Overton]Phonological Awareness

Phonological awareness is the ability to attend to and manipulate the sound structure of language. It is a set of auditory skills that involves no written letters or words. Individuals who have good phonological awareness abilities can, for example, identify rhyming words, segment (divide) words into syllables, blend individual sounds to make words and identify specific sounds in words. Proficiency in this area develops first and leads to the development of sound/symbol association (phonics), which is one of the skills that is very important when learning to read.

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