Where does my child fit?
Let me humbly say that these are my definitions for the categories. You may find that your child is somewhere in-between. That's ok! If so, that just means you have double the activities to choose from!
- Pre-talkers: Any child who is not using language to communicate his/her wants and needs. These children typically communicate with crying/fussing and pointing. Remember that proficient sign language users are not necessarily "pre-talkers." They are communicating using signs and in sign language, signs are words. (A child using "more" and "all done" is not considered proficient)
- Early Language: Typically kids ages 2-5 are using early language. They have some gaps in their understanding and expressive communication, which makes for the "kids say the darndest things" syndrome!
- Elementary/Middle School Language: These activities and ideas will be for kids ages 6-12. The focus will be using less toys and more games or higher level thinking skills.
- Articulation: Any age child who struggles with articulating certain sounds.
- Listening: These activities will be focused on listening comprehension. These activities would best be used for deaf children (best if they are oral communicators) and children with a delay in auditory processing.
**NOTE** If your child is stuttering, please go to the "therapists" drop down menu and select "fluency". If your child has been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (or Asperger Syndron) go to the "therapists" drop down menu and select "pragmatics".