Like speech development, language also develops in stages. Click here to see language development in the first five years. When we look at language skills we are seeing how a child understands language (receptive language) and how a child produces language (expressive language). We may also look at how a child uses language to communicate in different language contexts (pragmatic and social language).
For very young children like toddlers, we sometimes need to look at how a child interacts with parents and caregivers before we can work on developing language skills.
For pre-schoolers and children starting school, the following are examples of language intervention:
- help with improving their listening comprehension and attention skills;
- improving grammar and sentences;
- improving vocabulary and word retrieval skills;
- helping with sequencing their ideas and thoughts;
For primary school children we continue with grammar, vocabulary, listening skills (auditory processing) and skills that help with literacy development and learning in the classroom. We also look at written expression and writing.