Language refers to the individual words that we use to speak and understand others.  In addition to words, language can be expressed with gestures, pictures and voice output systems. Language therapy builds vocabulary so children are better able to:

  • label and describe objects, actions, people and places

  • apply morphology and syntax (such as past tense, plural, conjunctions and contractions)

  • form and lengthen sentences

  • understand and generate word definitions

  • follow simple and complex instructions

  • understand ‘hidden meanings’ such as problem solving figurative language, making inferences and predictions

  • generate succinct oral and written narratives.

Together, these skills are essential in helping children communicate effectively within everyday communication and academic environments. Please see our tip sheet on language development for information on language milestones.