One of the ways that Speech Pathologists can help children with their communication is by supporting them to build their language skills. Speech Pathologists are trained to provide evidence-based intervention to help children to:
Language skills can be broken down into receptive and expressive language skills.
What are receptive language skills?
Receptive language is the “input” of language which means the ability to understand and comprehend visual, audible (spoken) or written language. For example, a child’s ability to follow verbal instructions such as “put on your shoes” or understand questions like “are you thirsty?”
Children who have difficulty with receptive language may struggle with:
What are expressive language skills?
Expressive language is the “output” of language. It is the ability to express wants and needs through verbal and non-verbal communication. For example when a child tells you that they need to go to the toilet, that they are uncomfortable or that they are hungry.
Children who have difficulty with expressive language may struggle with:
What can I do?
While your child’s Speech Pathologist will play a vital role in supporting your child to improve their language skills, there are so many ways that parents, carers, teachers and educators can help too. Chat to your child’s Speech Pathologist about the best approaches to support your child. Here are some general ideas to get you started:
These ideas help to inject language into your everyday life and expose your child to new words and help to build their receptive and expressive language skills.
Find out more
Our team of Speech Pathologists are here to support your child to develop their language skills. We currently have limited availability in Brisbane’s northern suburbs and Wooloowin on Tuesdays and Thursdays*. Simply call 1800 XAVIER or email email@example.com for further information.
*Note: Current at 9 July 2021