Improving Receptive Language Skills Using Speech Pathology
It is fairly common for parents to struggle to get their children to clean their rooms or do other chores. The child may pretend not to hear the instruction, or not understand what they have been asked. It is when the child is not pretending that there may be a more serious underlying problem. If your child is genuinely struggling to comprehend what you are saying, they may need a speech pathologist to help with receptive language skills.
Understanding Receptive Language Skills
When discussing speech pathology, receptive language refers to the communication skills that enable an individual to process information. Receptive language pertains solely to the input of data, and not the output. A sign that your child may be lacking this type of language skill is if you give him or her a very simple instruction, or maybe direct them to an area, without using any nonverbal cues, and they are unable to comprehend what you mean.
How A Speech Pathologist Can Help
By taking your child to a speech pathologist, or a speech therapist, you both can learn helpful exercises and techniques for strengthening receptive language skills. The speech language pathologist will likely perform reading activities with your child in order to identify why they are struggling to understand and retain information.
It is especially important for parents to meet with a speech pathologist, because these professionals equip parents with useful at-home exercises that can be used to enhance comprehension skills. Simple ways to improve your child’s receptive language skills at home might include:
- Reading to and with your child every day. While reading, stop and ask your child what is happening in the story, and what they think might happen next
- Use simpler language when giving directions or instructions to your child
- Encourage your child to speak up when he or she does not understand something.