Right Start Therapy Service provides therapy for speech and language delays and disorders.
What is a language disorder?
According to ASHA (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association), a language disorder is “impaired comprehension and/or [impaired] use of spoken, written and/or other symbol systems.”
This means that language therapy can help with some of the following:
Answering simple “wh” questions to high level inferential questions
Ability to answer yes/no questions
Expressing wants, needs, thoughts, and social interactions
Improving language forms
Phonology – The rules for the sounds of language (ex. Spelling rules)
Morphology – The rules for the construction and structure of words (ex. plurals, -ing endings, prefixes, suffixes, etc.)
Syntax – The rules for the order and structure of sentences (ex. grammar, subject/verb agreement)
Improving language content
Semantics – The meaning of words and sentences (ex. more/most, compare and contrast, words with double meanings)
Function of Language
Pragmatics – The rules for socially appropriate communication that is functional. (ex. greetings, please/thank you, communicating in appropriate manner)
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. (1993). Definitions of communication disorders and variations [Relevant Paper]. Available from www.asha.org/policy.