Pam's Talking Points about: General Language

Not “JUST a Language Impairment”

Too often I come across administrators, teachers, and even sometimes parents who underestimate the impact of language upon academic success.    Think about how content is delivered within the classroom. Think about how directions are given. Think about how your child is asked to convey his/her knowledge.  All of these modes are through language.  As a result, children with language impairments … Full post »

When Is Too Late?

Early Intervention is a buzz phrase for this generation.  It’s true: early identification and intervention have been shown to make worlds of difference in long-term outcomes for children who have disabilities impacting their communication. For one, speech and language skills develop systematically:  certain skills have to be in place before other skills can develop.  Like climbing a ladder, you can’t … Full post »

S’more Talk

I’ll bet you didn’t know that a comparison could be made between language and one of the most amazing but simple desserts ever created—the S’more.  There is, in fact quite a compelling comparison.  Like a s’more’s 3 ingredients of chocolate, graham cracker and marshmallow, Language also has 3 main ingredients: Form, Content and Use.  When talking about language, “Form” refers … Full post »