Once the language assessment is completed, your Speech Pathologist may choose to target and strengthen your child's language abilities. These targets are taught in a similar fashion to how Articulation are - via the Speech Sound Hierarchy Ladder.
Details into how language is targeted in each age range follows.
EARLY LANGUAGE ASSESSMENTS
Early Language Assessments are completed when either you or your Childhood Educator express concern about how much your child communicates. This assessment will typically involve a thorough interview with you to determine how your child communicates with you at home. This will go into both their receptive and expressive language abilities. Your Speech Pathologist will then 'play' with you child to assess how they interact with them, toys and yourself. The entire assessment process will differ in relation how old your child is
PRESCHOOL/SCHOOL-AGE LANGUAGE ASSESSMENT
Assessments completed within this age range typically occur with the use of large formalised assessment tools. These assessments usually involve your child repeating phrases uttered by the Speech Pathologist, selecting a particular picture from a group and naming a wide variety of items. This will assess both your child's receptive and expressive language abilities.
Your child's language abilities can be assess in a variety of formal and informal methods. This can typically take a number of sessions to complete to ensure that your Speech Pathologist gains a thorough insight into all aspects of your child's abilities.
Your Speech Pathologist can assess a child's language abilities from the age of 2 years. Assessments can be completed through play with young children if you are concerned that they are a 'slow-talker'.
More details regarding how language assessments differ for each age follow below.
Language is the term we use to describe your child's ability to structure what they say as well as how they understand what we say. These aspects are described as Expressive and Receptive Language.
Expressive Language refers to how your child uses their language. This includes how they structure their sentences (syntax) and use of grammar, such as pronouns, prepositions etc.
Receptive Language refers to how your child understands what you say to them. This includes their understanding of grammar and the different word types (e.g. nouns, verbs, adjectives etc.).
When your child has difficulties in these areas they may display the following signs:
difficulty with following instructions
'Shy' or not talking very often
Waiting for other children to perform tasks and then copying what they do
Difficulty with providing descriptions
Many other indicators can be present and the above mentioned characteristics should be considered as a guide only. Your Speech Pathologist can assess this area in detail and provide you with a clear insight into your child's ability.
Providing comprehensive assessments and therapy to all communication and swallowing disorders for children aged between 0-12 years
ASD AND OTHER DISABILITIES LANGUAGE ASSESSMENTS
Assessments are also offered for children who are going through an ASD diagnosis, as initiated by a Paediatrician. This assessment will be conducted by collecting development assessments from your child's Childhood Educators, paediatrician as well as completing the previously mentioned formalised assessments.
If you are concerned with your child's development and are considering ASD, feel free to discuss this with your Speech Pathologist and a more detailed assessment can be completed
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EARLY LANGUAGE THERAPY
18 Months - 3 years
Therapy below the ages of 3 is largely focused on restructuring your child's play environment. You will be trained to use a variety of strategies to expand your child's language by taking their lead. Your child's interests and our key communication periods, e.g. bath time, will be used during this therapy method to ensure that your child is engaged and interested within an environment that will let their language abilities grow
PRESCHOOL/SCHOOL-AGED LANGUAGE THERAPY
3 years - Adulthood
Your Speech Pathologist will work with you to develop a program that will target many areas of your child's language difficulties at one time. This will be completed by teaching your child what each new term (grammatical marker, pronoun, verb etc.) and then asking them to practice using this through a variety of activities.
NDIS - THERAPY
An individualised therapy approach will be discussed with you alongside your NDIS plan. If you would like to discuss this, please contact your Speech Pathologist.