Prior to your child understanding words and talking, they will be required to develop what is commonly referred to as ‘pre-verbal’ communication skills. This includes the ability to do things such as understand what another person is saying by their body language and facial expression, being able to attend and engage with others through non-verbal means such as ‘smiling’, ‘making sounds’, ‘pointing’, ‘shaking their head’ and using their body to ‘let’ one know what they want. At this clinic we do not underestimate the importance of these early developmental milestones and we are trained to assess and treat your child’s non-verbal communication development as a foundation for them becoming successful verbal communicators.
Language involves not only talking but also understand what is said when someone speaks to us. At our clinic we focus on both comprehension (understanding) and expression (talking). We believe that at the heart of learning language is engagement and relationship, so language therapy is designed with your child’s interests in mind. Comprehension therapy may mean working on areas such as understanding words, phrases, concepts, following instructions and higher-level language skills such as being able to understand sarcasm, humour, double meanings and inferences.
Talking therapy looks at things such as the use of words and phrases to the development of sentences and connected language such as recounting an event or telling a story. Specific skills may be the focus such as correct use of grammar or how words are put together in order for language to ‘make sense’ when a child speaks.