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Preschool Social Language Therapy

Ages: 2-5
Grades: Toddler-K

Help your preschool child develop age-appropriate social language skills. This book is chock-full of functional, goal-directed activities and practical "know-how" in ten key areas of social language development.

This is a systematic program of goal-directed activities for preschool children with developmental delays and older children with severe to profound pragmatic deficits. These skill areas underpin social success:

  • Social Referencing—eye referencing and joint attention
  • Reciprocity—turn-taking in play and in communication
  • Responding—following directions, reciprocating greetings, answering questions, and responding to comments
  • Initiation—gaining attention of the listener and beginning an interaction
  • Topicalization—topic maintenance, initiating a topic, and shifting topics
  • Communicative Functions/Speech Acts—protesting, requesting, answering and asking questions, and making statements/comments
  • Nonverbal Signaling—eye, voice, body, and space messages
  • Cohesion—presupposition, eliminating redundancy, and communicative reference
  • Comprehension Monitoring and Conversational Repair—inaccuracies in discourse, communication breakdowns, and conversational repair
  • Discourse Modalities—descriptive, narrative, persuasive, and humorous discourse

There is a hierarchy of instructional objectives and corresponding activities for each skill area. The functional activities use:

  • everyday objects and items
  • environmental prompts
  • reproducible therapy materials (cards, activities, social scripts, sequenced stories, visual organizers, etc.)

Each skill area has teaching helps:

  • detailed explanations of the skills
  • hallmarks and red flags in development
  • prerequisite skills
  • teaching and troubleshooting tips
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