What Is Language Therapy?
Language consists of two overarching elements;
1. Receptive Language (the ability to understand language) and;
2. Expressive Language (the ability to use language)
Both elements are required in order for a child to communicate effectively with others. These elements also play an important role in literacy development and academic success as they get older.
Receptive Language typically develops first and involves understanding the vocabulary required to follow instructions, or understand what is happening around them. Sometimes, even listening skills need to be explicitly taught. Once a child places meaning on a word or phrase, they can then begin to use it expressively and contextually.
A number of factors can affect the development of these skills including gaps in foundational Pre-Linguistic Skills, hearing issues or Speech Sound Delays. If you have any concerns, feel free to contact us and we will get back to you ASAP.
After a Language Assessment has been completed, your Speech Pathologist will set some suitable Language goals and discuss them with you. Language therapy goals typically target vocabulary and the ability to put words together to form sentences.
Language Therapy is often targeted creatively in Play, as Play is how children learn and make sense of their world. It also makes "homework" easier as it's usually not too difficult to encourage a child to play.
Language therapy may also address listening skills, the ability to follow verbal directions, and understanding spoken language.
It is worth noting Language Therapy can also be used to treat social communication disorders (for example Autism Spectrum Disorders) and deficits in written language and reading comprehension. These types of goals are usually targeted with school aged children.
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