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Anna Biavati-Smith
wordstepsslt@gmail.com

LANGUAGE THERAPY

Language delays and disorders can occur in both understanding (receptive) and using (expressive) language.

To assist you in identifying whether your child has ‘receptive’ or ‘expressive’ language issues please find below further descriptions and traits of these factors:

Receptive Language: Difficulty understanding statements, following directions, and learning or retaining new words. Receptive language includes understanding spoken and signed language.

Expressive Language: Difficulty answering questions, summarizing information, talking about experiences or talking about oneself, or the need for prolonged time to formulate his/her thoughts and ideas. Expressive language includes spoken, signed, and written language.

Bilingualism is the ability to use more than one language. Children have a natural way of learning more than one language. It is important that learning two or more languages is not perceived as “confusing the child”. However, in some cases the process of second or third language acquisition may not be smooth and some children may have some specific language difficulties. This is not generally caused by the MULTILINGUAL exposure, but to other factors that may interfere with bilingual development

I come to see you directly at your home this enables your child to feel more relaxed.

My approach is to provide you with structured, individualized, step-by-step treatment.

This will involve looking at all the aspects of your child communication.

During the assessment, I will play with your child and ask them questions to assess if he or she has speech, language or communication problems. I like using a variety of toys or pictures. My assessments may be formal or informal or a mixture of both.

Prior To The Assessment I will send

  • Parental questionnaire including a detailed developmental history
  • During my visit we can discuss any concerns and I will also chat about my findings

All babies and toddlers develop and learn differently. As parents, we often are in a constant state of wonder (and worry) whether our child’s development is on track. Most often, children follow a predictable developmental pattern, however, numerous studies reveal that up to 15 percent of children have a developmental delay but only 3%* of these children are receiving appropriate supportive services.
*Boyle CA, Boulet S, Schieve LA, et al. Trends in the prevalence of developmental disabilities in U.S. children, 1997–2008. Pediatrics 2011;127:1034–42

If you think your child may have difficulties with his/her language

It is important for you to recognize when your child may have a delay and seek out these services. You have made the first step, let me help you. Early intervention makes a difference!

I offer a FREE initial enquiry service via email, which you can apply for by sending me an email to wordstepsslt@gmail.com or filling the form in contact page of this website.

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