Our speech-language therapists exceeded the national average in 2011 by helping 72.3 percent of patients improve at least one functional level in receptive language, also known as spoken-language comprehension.
What does this data mean?
Receptive language is the child’s ability to understand language and put it into action, like following directions. We measure patients on a seven-level scale with Level 7 being the highest functioning.
Why is it important?
A child’s ability to understand language is a factor in many day-to-day activities, like paying attention to a lesson in class or following directions during an emergency. It also affects a child’s understanding of other topics, like space and time. Developing receptive language is a large step in a child’s ability to interact with parents, teachers and peers, and will help them as they grow older. It is the building block of cognitive ability.
How does Children’s make sure we are giving high-quality care?
- Our therapists help patients develop receptive language by reading to them, having them sit and attend to a task and increasing the amount of time they spend on a task.
- We treat children through play, disguising therapy and repetition with fun activities like board games and toys.
- We have bilingual speech-language therapists available and can work with families through an interpreter if needed.
- The specific needs of each patient determine the therapist’s treatment plan and how often the patient needs to have an appointment. As a patient makes progress, providers adjust his goals and treatment accordingly.
The National Outcomes Measurement System
(NOMS) monitors speech-language therapy patients’ progress. We measure patients by NOMS between their third birthday and when they register for kindergarten.