Has your SLP ever used a term that you never heard before? Have you ever felt like you had to whip out a dictionary to understand the results of your child's evaluation? Look no further!

Below are some common terms that you'll probably hear you SLP using, defined!

Receptive language: the ability to understand or comprehend what is being said (i.e.following directions, answering questions).

Expressive language: how one communicates through words, the ability to put thought into words.

Articulation: how a child produces speech sounds within words using their lips, teeth, tongue.

Social/pragmatics: this deals with those “hidden rules” that just about everyone seems to know – you respond when someone greets you, you add to conversations with a comment on the same (or similar) topic, you don’t insult the person with whom you are speaking. This is another aspect of language that is particularly difficult for students on the Autism Spectrum and other disabilities.

Phonemes: individual speech sounds.

Fluency: the rhythm and flow of speech. A disruption in that flow (dysfluency) is commonly known as stuttering.

AAC: augmentative and alternative communication includes all forms of communication (other than oral speech). Examples are gestures, body language, sign language, and/or voice output devices.

Cue/Prompt: something that is said or done to elicit language/expression in a child. Could use verbal, visual, gestural, or tactile (touch). 

PECS: picture exchange communication system.

Non-verbal: this can include gestures (like pointing and waving), body language (turning away from someone to end a conversation), and facial expressions.

Jargon: consonant-vowel sequences that mimic the intonation patterns of adult speech, but do not consist of true words. Also known as “gibberish.”

And remember - if your SLP ever uses a term you don't understand, just ask!

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