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Speech and Language Services Thrive Therapy Offers:

What is a Language Disorder?

Receptive language is our ability to understand what is being communicated to us. Some children may have a limited vocabulary and/or may have problems understanding what they hear. This is called a receptive language disorder. They may have trouble with: following directions, answering questions, identifying objects and pictures, and taking turns when talking with others. 

 Expressive language is our ability to communicate with our environment. Typically, we call this verbalization or talking.  Expressive language deals with our ability to identify items, express our thoughts, feelings, and ideas. Children may have trouble: asking questions, naming objects, using gestures, putting words together into sentences, using correct pronouns, like “he” or “they”, describing items, being able to start a conversation and keep it going, and understanding and talking.   

At Thrive we are committed to improving your child’s expressive, pragmatic, and receptive language skills through individualized therapy programs.

What is a Pragmatic/Social Language disorder?

A social (pragmatic) language disorder encompasses an individual’s difficulty in understanding the meaning of words, grammar, syntax, prosody, eye gaze, body language, gestures, or social context. While autistic children exhibit pragmatic language impairment, this type of communication disorder can also be found in individuals with other types of disorders including attention disorder, neuropathies, and certain genetic disorders.

Our therapists are trained to support your child’s pragmatic language needs. Our lead therapist has attended seminars on Social Thinking Curriculum by Michelle Garcia Winner.  She has had extensive experience working with students with varying levels of pragmatic language disorders. 

What is a Voice Disorder?

Voice disorders are classified as problems with voice quality, loudness, pitch, and resonance. The major cause of voice disorders in children is vocal abuse (using the vocal cords incorrectly and in a damaging way). The speech-language pathologist can assist the child by identifying situations that promote poor vocal habits along with teaching proper vocal hygiene. A voice disorder is diagnosed by a physician. Our speech therapists can support good vocal habits.