What language skills do speech therapists address?
* Language comprehension - The ability to understand other's oral, written, gestured or signed communication. Some language comprehension skills addressed in therapy include:
- understanding language concepts: size, shape, location, quantity, quality, categories, associations
- comprehension of grammatical and complex sentence structures
- comprehension of question forms- "What, where, when, who, why, how"
- vocabulary- synonyms, antonyms, homonyms
- sequencing -beginning-middle-end
- figures of speech
- memory strategies
- main idea/detail recognition
* Expressive language - The ability to produce language in any of a number of different modalities such as speech, symbol use, sign or writing. Some expressive language skills addressed in therapy include:
- sentence structure
- social (pragmatic) language skills
- parts of speech