Exercises to Help with your Child’s Receptive Language Disorder

If your child suffers from a Receptive Language Disorder, you know how difficult it can be for him or her to communicate effectively. You worriedly watch as he or she struggles to comprehend the meanings of your words when you speak to him/her, or witness a loss of interest in story books and children’s television programs, and think to yourself: will this ever improve? Will my child be able to understand the world and communicate thoughts effectively to others?

Speech Therapy Can Help

Both clinical evidence and research findings agree that people suffering from language disorders benefit greatly from appropriate speech therapy provided by a speech-language pathologist. Children with receptive language disorders face a huge challenge to their speech development, since humans learn to use language by hearing others during their formative years.

It is critical for parents to actively seek the help of trained speech-language pathologists like Karen George and her team at Chicago Speech Therapy in order to help their child learn speech activities that can help him or her overcome this disorder.

Speech Therapy Activities

Speech-language pathologists employ a variety of speech activities to aid in language development:

  • It is likely a pathologist will engage your child in “language intervention activities.” The speech-language pathologist interacts with your child by talking and playing with him or her. The pathologist will use certain objects or pictures that stimulate the child’s speech development and will communicate with him or her in a way that teaches proper speech and language skills.
  • A speech-language pathologist may also use “articulation therapy.” He or she will model how to pronounce sounds correctly while simultaneously playing with the child normally. The child will be taught how to move his or her tongue and lips to form whichever vowels or consonants are the source of difficulty.
  • Another common speech activity your child may be engaged in is “oral motor/feeding therapy.” That activity addresses the muscular behavior of the face and throat, which are crucial in the production of speech. A speech-language pathologist may massage your child’s face or give him or her foods of varying texture or temperature in order to increase a child’s “oral awareness,” the development of which is an important step in understanding the relationship between mouth movements and the production of sounds.

All of the above speech activities should be performed by a professional speech-language pathologist in order to be effective. Many children respond well to one-on-one, at-home speech therapy sessions. In this highly focused setting, a speech pathologist can tailor speech therapy techniques for your child’s specific developmental needs.

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"Elizabeth was an incredibly communicative and supportive therapist for our daughter. We saw impressive improvement quickly, and our 2yo often looked forward to their weekly sessions. Our daughter just graduated from speech and we're so grateful for Elizabeth's expertise, empathy, and support over the past year!"

"We had the most wonderful experience with Chicago Speech Therapy! Our speech pathologist, Miss Megan, developed a bond with our son almost immediately. By week two, he would await her arrival by the window in our front door! She quickly discovered all of his favorite things and would bring so many toys of her own that would keep him engaged and wanting to talk! She gave us (parents) tons of strategies to work with on our own in between her weekly visits. Our son made consistent progress under her care and has now been released from speech therapy ~ which actually makes us so sad ~ simply because we miss Miss Megan! She basically became part of our family and will be dearly missed. I couldn’t recommend Miss Megan and Chicago Speech Therapy more!"

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Our expert speech-language pathologists are equipped to address a wide range of communication challenges, providing tailored solutions for each child's unique needs. From early language development to complex communication disorders, we offer comprehensive support at every stage of your child's journey.