This is a guest blog post by Monica, a school-based SLP, all about the importance of phonological awareness development. Scroll down to access the free download!

The Importance of Phonological Awareness

Phonological awareness always feels like something you hear about everywhere, and with good reason! It’s the earliest indication of reading skills in students (Gillon, 2000) and working on phonological awareness has been shown to improve speech sound disorder therapy outcomes in preschool students (Tambyraja & McCauley, 2012).

It makes sense when we think about a phonological disorder as a language disorder (Bowen, 2011). I love incorporating phonological awareness in my sessions because it’s a small effort for a big reward! You’re probably already using phonological awareness in your sessions (hello, minimal pairs)!

Phonological awareness is quick and easy to both assess and include in your therapy sessions. I promise! In doing so, you can also prevent your students from developing reading difficulties later in life (Gillon, 2000).

SLP Now has you covered if you want to know more about phonological awareness! I’ll link to some of our podcasts, blog posts, and give you a preview of the available materials to members.


But first… Click here to access the Phonological Awareness Development Chart freebie!

Phonological Awareness Development Chart (free download)

SLP Now Phonological Awareness Resources

SLP Now Blog Posts (free)

How to Target Phonological Awareness in Speech Therapy

SLP Now Podcast (free)

Podcast #98: A Quick Review of Phonological Awareness

Podcast #99: Phonological Awareness Assessment and Goals 

Podcast #100: Phonological Awareness Treatment Ideas

Podcast #101: What We’ve Learned About Phonological Awareness

SLP Now Membership

Phonological Awareness Skills Pack

Phonological Awareness Smart Decks

Phonological Awareness SLP Now Resource

Bonus Resources

The ATLAS-PA is a free phonological awareness test. The best part is that you can use it for students who have disabilities related to speech production.

The CUBED Dynamic Decoding Measures include a segment that quickly tests phonemic awareness, word identification, and decoding. This test is also free!

I hope you’ve found some helpful information that you can start incorporating phonological awareness into your sessions.


Bowen, C. (2011). What is the difference between an articulation disorder and a phonological disorder? Retrieved from on 10/29/2011.

Gillon Gail T. (2000). The Efficacy of Phonological Awareness Intervention for Children With Spoken Language Impairment. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, 31(2), 126–141.

Tambyraja, S. R., & McCauley, R. J. (2012). Do Phonemic Awareness Interventions Improve Speech in Preschool Children with Speech Sound Disorders? EBP Briefs. Volume 7, Issue 3. In EBP Briefs (Evidence-based Practice Briefs). NCS Pearson, Inc.


Hi there! I'm Marisha. I am a school-based SLP who is all about working smarter, not harder. I created the SLP Now Membership and love sharing tips and tricks to help you save time so you can focus on what matters most--your students AND yourself.

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