Sima Gerber, PhD, CCC– SLP
In this workshop, we will discuss the typical path of the development of communication, language, and speech, with an eye toward understanding the sequence of developmental capacities that result in the ability to comprehend and produce language. Stages of language development will be presented and typical hallmarks of those stages will be illustrated. Based on this trajectory, a hierarchy of intervention priorities will be presented that depend on a rich understanding of the child’s language stage. The view that language is best facilitated by beginning at the child’s ‘true’ language stage rather than his chronological age will be supported by the presentation of stories of development.