Treatment involves a series of activities to meet specific goals. These goals are usually accomplished over time. Therapy procedures may include but are not limited to the following:
1. Learning new behaviors.
2. Modifying behaviors that interfere with effective communication.
3. Relearning skills that were lost due to an acquired disability.
4. Augmenting oral communication with alternative, non-vocal communication devices.
Therapy is based on a carefully designed sequence of practice. The clinician selects key communication skills that are taught in several ways-drill and practice, play interactions, or conversations.
Key Age Groups Served: Birth through adult
Characteristics of Disability:
A language disorder is impaired comprehension and/or use of spoken, written and/or other symbol systems. The disorder may involve (1) the form of language (phonology, morphology, syntax), (2) the content of language (semantics), and/or (3) the function of language in communication (pragmatics) in any combination.
1)Form of Language
Phonology is the sound system of a language and the rules that govern the sound combinations.
Morphology is the system that governs the structure of words and the construction of word forms.
Syntax is the system governing the order and combination of words to form sentences, and the relationships among the elements within a sentence.
2)Content of Language
Semantics is the system that governs the meanings of words and sentences.
3)Function of Language
Pragmatics is the system that combines the above language components in functional and socially appropriate communication. (American Speech and Hearing Association, 2013)