Language Skills Therapy

Increasing Communication

Children with language delays or disorders may have difficulty with the following:

  • Following directions

  • Identifying objects and pictures

  • Answering questions

  • Reading comprehension

  • Understanding a story

  • Using gestures/vocabulary 

  • Making comments/Asking questions

Receptive and expressive language disorders may be developmental or acquired as a result of brain injury.

Expressive Language

Expressive language skill refers to the ability to create a message that others will understand.  It involves accessing stored vocabulary, combining words to form sentences, and organizing sentences in a logical, cohesive manner so that listeners are able to understand intended messages.
There are milestones for when a child should start talking, how many words they should have at given ages, or how long and complicated their sentences, stories or dialogue should be compared to peers.

Expressive language skills are assessed in conversations and play with the child, through the collection of information from parents, and caregivers  as well as through standardized/informal testing. Therapy for a child with expressive language delays varies depending on the child’s age and the nature of the difficulty. For children with emerging language or no verbal language at all, parents and SLPs work closely together using a parent-coaching style of intervention.  For older children, individualized goals are set based on a child’s specific needs and new skills are introduced in sessions with our SLPs.  Homework activities are provided at the end of all sessions to solidify and generalize new expressive skills.

Receptive Language Therapy

Receptive language skill refers to the ability to understand the language produced by others. It involves comprehending concepts, word structures, and sentence structures in order to create meaning. Children with a receptive language delay have difficulty understanding aspects of their first language. They might not understand as many words as other children their age, have difficulty with concepts or become confused by longer instructions. Our SLPs will assess a child’s receptive language using both informal measures and standardized tests. This will allow us to identify where comprehension breakdown occurs and what therapy goals or supports need to be put in place to maximize language growth as well as social, emotional and academic success.