By one year Able to use 3-5 single words Imitates sounds and words Able to recognize own name Able to follow one-step instructions Have an increased awareness of surroundings and routines By two years Able to use up to 20 words Able to use two words together Can imitate familiar animal sounds Can point to own toes, ears, nose and fingers Can use words to indicate needs Able to recognize pictures of familiar objects or people Able to imitate simple actions Able to follow simple instructions related to objects not in direct eyesight Able to make sentences of up to three words Able to refer to self by name By three years Able to have “conversations” with self, toys or pets Asks “what” and “where” questions Able to use negative phrases Have a vocabulary of up to 450 words Can tell age by holding up fingers Able to use simple time concepts Likes to hear stories and rhymes repeatedly Able to use communication to solve problems Able to use short sentences Able to name at least one color Able to combine nouns and verbs Able to use past tense and plurals Vocabulary up to 1000 words Able to tell their name and street Able to use familiar categories like “animals” By four years Able to tell a story Able to use up to 5 word sentences Able to use past tense correctly Able to use and understand spatial words Able to ask many questions Able to point to four primary colors Able to identify triangle, circle and square Able to use imaginary words like “hope” and “wish”
The first evaluation session will start to determine the type of disorder, the goals for therapy as well as the need for any additional referrals. Depending on the type of disorder and the client’s circumstances, therapy usually consists of weekly 30 minute sessions.Home programs are also given if needed. Progress will depend on the type of disorder, the client’s motivation and cooperation as well as the physical and emotional circumstances of the client and the significant others. Discussing the goals and details of therapy is important and your therapist will guide you through the process.
Aphasia This term is used when there is an acquired language disability in any language modality - speaking, listening, reading and writing. There are a wide variety of aphasia symptoms, depending on which language modality is affected. Expressive language disorder A person has difficulty communicating using language, but his / her ability to understand language is normal / less affected. For example, a child will be able to follow a simple instruction but have a limited vocabulary. Receptive language disorder A person will have difficulty understanding spoken, and sometimes written, language. Often has difficulty organizing their thoughts and communicating.