This area encompasses a wide range of function, from forming appropriate sentences to communicate basic needs and thoughts to the more sophisticated, higher-level language involved in sarcasm, puns, and multiple-meaning words. Often, as clients grow and develop, more subtle expressive language needs become apparent, such as how to communicate a complex sequence of events or describe a precise idea. We use a combination of programs with specific language structures, barrier games, word retrieval activities, elements of Lindamood Bell’s Visualizing & Verbalizing ®, and critical thinking activities for summarizing, paraphrasing, explaining, and describing.
Receptive language involves processing increasing length and complexity in order to understand information. This is also a key area for reading comprehension, as someone with difficulties in this are will often struggle with making sense out of print. Activities are aimed at improving understanding of vocabulary and different sentence structures, as well as the abilities to make sense of complex sequences of information. If processing speed weaknesses are present, therapy is also focused on compensatory techniques during activities such as note-taking and direction-following in order to manage the flow of information.