Language Therapy is a broad term that addresses a variety of communication areas such as:
AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication) – Use of pictures, gestures, speech generating devices, eye gaze, sign language, body language, and facial expressions are examples of modes of communication used in AAC
Social Language Skills – The capacity to interact with others and follow social rules/conventions during conversations and recreational periods
Listening Skills - Increasing the capacity to understand what is being communicated to the individual and the ability to follow directions
Literacy/Book Skills - Your child's ability to read and write or use pre-reading skills such as book handling, recognizing print, letter-sound correspondence, rhyming, print awareness, narrative skills (story telling), etc.
Question Skills: Your child's ability to answer and ask questions with a variety of structures
Vocabulary Skills - Your child's knowledge of what things are called and the capacity to understand those words when spoken, as well as to recall and say the word when needed
Grammar Skills - Your child's ability to use grammatical markers to form complete sentences
Language therapy starts with an evaluation, during which time an SLP (me!) broadly assesses your child's language skills and determines at what skill level your child is functioning, and where he/she can increase their skills. Then, through skilled therapeutic interventions (we like to use our imaginations!), we target each area of need.
The most important thing to remember is that early intervention is key! Children's brains are developing at amazingly fast rates and the earlier we can provide them with needed language skills, the better!
If you are unsure about whether your child would benefit from language therapy, please contact us and I will be happy to provide you with a free screening! You can do this by filling out the Contact information at the bottom of this page.