Language & Learning

The following may help you determine is your child/adolescent would benefit from Language Therapy:

  • My child has difficulty mastering the reading process.
  • He/she knows how to read but has weak reading comprehension skills.
  • Your child lacks strategies for learning.
  • Your child refuses to read or dislikes reading.
  • Your child has difficulty writing, either with the motor aspect and/or composing sentences, paragraphs and essays.
  • Your child has difficulty attaching meaning to what he hears.
  • He/she seems to process slowly despite his/her abilities.
  • He/she has difficulty completing their homework independently including knowing his/her assignments, initiating and following through.
  • He/she has difficulty keeping their papers, materials, books and locker organized.
  • Homework is a struggle regularly.
  • Your child struggles with word problems and/or adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing quickly.
  • Your child lacks strategies for learning.
  • There is a gap between his/her intelligence and his/her academic performance.
  • Your child has struggled over the years across curriculum or in certain areas.
  • He/she studies, yet struggles to convey his/her knowledge on a test.
  • He/she lacks academic confidence.

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The importance of language cannot be overstated. It is the primary means for interacting with others, serves as the primary tool for learning, and is the foundation for academic success. When an individual has weaknesses in language, academic difficulties are usually apparent.

 Language involves input through reading and listening and output through speaking and writing. The five domains of language are phonology (ability to hear and manipulate the sounds of language), morphology (the ability to understand how small units of words such as prefixes and suffixes change the meaning of a word), syntax (understanding and use of grammar), semantics (the ability to understand and use words and word meanings to convey ideas), social language (one’s ability to use language to communicate and engage in conversations with others, to know the rules of communication, and to understand nonverbal language.).