Decoding Speech & Language Terminology
Language difficulties show themselves in so many different ways in children, depending on age, environment, experience and a host of other factors. The myriad of symptoms has lead to a proliferation of technical and medical terms, one more dense than the next, all of them complex and hard to digest. While these terms may be helpful for clinicians or researchers, they have served to make many aspects of learning knowledge inaccessible to parents.
As in other aspects of learning, to defang this clinical language and help parents understand what is going on with their child, we have added a new section to our website on Speech and Language. It uses plain English to explain these terms, which you might come across in Speech and Language Evaluations or on a medical website about Speech and Language. In addition to a page that identifies the key speech and language milestones by age, we have added a page of definitions and cause of the various aspects of language difficulties and a page on Specific Language Impairment.
Our Fast ForWord program is used by many Speech and Language Pathologists as speech and language intervention. Again, keeping it simple, we have added pages that describe how a cognitive software can help receptive language and expressive language.