Speech & Language therapy works to improve communication in the areas of:
Receptive Language: the understanding of words and language, including the ability to follow directions, understand vocabulary and concepts, identify relationships between words, and apply critical thinking skills.
Expressive Language: the vocabulary and language skills needed to convey ideas verbally and in writing. These skills include sentence length, word order, and grammar when speaking.
Articulation: the production of speech sounds.
Fluency: focuses on the flow or production of speech with minimal hesitations. repetitions or interruptions.
Auditory Processing: the ability to take information presented out loud, analyze the information mentally, and remember it.
Pragmatics: focuses on social language skills, which includes turn taking in conversation, self-control, and understanding nonverbal cues.