Developing an internal language system is essential for communicating orally, using sign language and or technology. When individuals require assistance in developing these systems, we turn to applied speech language therapy techniques. We all want to communicate with other people. A young child listens to the everyday language in its environment to understand those interacting around them. This is called receptive language. As they grow older, they experiment with sounds leading into forming words, then sentences (expressive language) Along with this young children learn other communication strategies; eye contact, turn taking, listening skills, introducing a topic, continuing discussion around a topic and ending a topic, asking and answering questions (pragmatics) Acquiring language skills for communication is complex and a child’s adult language patterns are mostly developed by age five.
Language Therapy for Adults
When adults lose the capacity (for whatever reason) they may develop difficulties understanding what is said to them (receptive language) speaking and/or writing (expressive language). Speech language therapy, tailored for adult learners can help to rebuild these skills.