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The child’s mind

Not just letters

In the treatment of speech and language impairment, linguistics prompts a focus on what is happening in the mind of the child. This, in my experience, gets the fastest results.

Children naturally pay very close attention to what they hear being said. They can pick up a new word from hearing it just once. But children are listening, not just to the order of the words and speech sounds, but also to the prosody of ‘foot strucure’. This is part of every word in English. This sort of learning is best conceived as a process in the mind of a child.

So where the issue involves the sound structure of words, intervention in my view is best focused not on particular words, but rather on possible words, a much bigger, and I think, a more important objective. Hence the name of my clinic.