Language Intervention


Language is the ability to understand what others say (comprehension) and the ability to express thoughts and ideas to others (expression).At school, children need to be able to understand what others say in order to follow directions, gain new information, learn to read, and solve math problems.Children also have to be able to express what they know to help the teacher determine that they understand what is being taught at school, participate in activities, and make friends.


When language skills are impaired, children have difficulty telling others their thoughts and feelings because they donít have the words in their mental vocabulary to convey their thoughts.Children with language difficulties tend to have very short sentence structure, and eliminate adjectives, adverbs, or conjunctions in their speech.Sometimes, grammar is poor because they donít comprehend the sentence structure in spoken language.They tend to be very quiet, hesitant to respond verbally and rarely initiate conversation with others.When a child has poor language skills, they tend to have difficulty making friends because they donít have a lot to talk about, and the other child loses interest when the child whose language is impaired is unable to respond, or provides limited responses.Often, children with language difficulties at school have difficulty categorizing information.This can lead to difficulties with memorizing information, which is a requirement for learning at school.Oral language impairments can lead to the child not being able to communicate their knowledge to the teacher, not being able to understand what the teacher says, and can lead to social isolation at school and leisure settings.


The goal of language therapy is to provide experiences and opportunities for the child to learn to describe, compare, contrast, and analyze objects, people and events.Children learn to use the appropriate grammatical structures and the social rules for interacting with others, while improving oral vocabulary skills.†† They learn to categorize information so it can be committed to memory.In therapy, the activities we do in small groups provide the opportunity to talk and gain exposure to new vocabulary words.We use hands-on experiences to motivate kids to use language strategies and incorporate these into their daily lives.†††


What you can do at home to improve language skills:Language Activities for Home


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