Language Therapy

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At a Glance

Language includes the way in which a person uses their words to meet their needs. This includes, following directions, requesting help or objects, and answering questions. Language development also includes development of appropriate play skills.

Receptive Language Concerns

Receptive language is how well a child understands spoken speech. This includes, following directions, understanding stories, understanding attributes, and identifying pictures or objects. If a child is unable to understand spoken speech (receptive), we can not expect them to use these words in spoken speech (expressive).

Expressive Language Concerns

Expressive language skills involve using words, gestures, or augmentative communication to express yourself. Expressive language builds on it self like building blocks. We first learn to label using single words and then add adjective or nouns to express full statement. Expressive concerns can lead to frustration. Therapy can help those in need to find their words.

Social Pragmatic Concerns

Social pragmatics are the skills needed within interaction. These skills include appropriate eye-contact, greeting others (verbal/gestural), body positioning, and seeking out the attention of others to communicate. Deficits within these areas are concerns.

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How we can help

Early intervention is the key to success! It’s important to not wait and hope your child will outgrow a communication problem. Early spoken language disorders can result in problems with reading, writing, and learning. They also may lead to problems with social skills, like making friends. Early detection leads to early treatment. The earlier you get help for your child, the better.