Name: Language Skills Training
Receptive Language: The ability to understand information. It involves understanding the words, sentences and meaning of what others say or what is read.
Remember the following:
Eye contact: Obtain the individuals s eye contact before giving them an instruction.
Minimal instructions: Refrain from giving too many instructions at once
Simplify the language you use with the individual so it is at a level that they can understand
Chunk verbal instructions into parts. Instead of “Go and get your coat and your hat and go to the car”, say “Get your hat.” When the individual has followed that instruction, say “Now get your hat” then “OK, now you can go to the car.”
Repeat: Ask the child to repeat the instruction to ensure that they have understood what they need to do (e.g. “Go and get your backpack then sit at the table. What do I want you to do?”).
First/then: Use this concept to help the child know what order they need to complete the command (e.g. “First get your backpack, then put on your shoes”).
Clarify: Encourage the individual to ask for clarification if they forget part of the instruction or have trouble understanding what they need to do. Encourage them to ask for the command to be repeated or clarified (ex., “Can you say that again please?”)
Remembering and stating words missing from a sentence
Items that come next in a sequence (Second, minute, hour ??.... day)
Identifying the word in a series that does not belong and telling why.
Listening to four words and identifying their common sound
Unscrambling jumbled sentences
In a series of 3 to 4 words mane the one that is missing
Expressive Language: The ability to put thoughts into words and sentences, in a way that makes sense and is grammatically accurate.
Always ask open ended questions
Lead by example- Modeling proper language patterns and expanding the individual’s language
Give choices – “Do you want to go to the mall or walk outside”?
Self-talk- Talk about everything and anything you are doing
Build, build, build Vocabulary (Figurative language, inferencing, idioms)
Individual will narrate what they are doing