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Typical Language Development: Infancy Through Adolescence

presented by Jennifer Schultz

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Financial: Jennifer Schultz receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Non-Financial: Jennifer Schultz has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Speech-language pathologists working with pediatric populations require knowledge and skills across a wide variety of areas, including communication, cognition, literacy, and swallowing. With the breadth of knowledge that is required for the pediatric SLP, it can be difficult to maintain a current knowledge base in all areas of practice. This course is designed to provide the new or veteran SLP with an update in theories of language acquisition, models of language components, and normative data regarding receptive/expressive auditory/spoken language development.

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Jennifer Schultz, MA, CCC-SLP

Jennifer Schultz is an instructor for the speech-language pathology assistant program at Mitchell Technical Institute in Mitchell, South Dakota. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Disorders and Psychology from the University of South Dakota and a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Iowa. Jennifer spent 21 years working as…

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1. Theories of Language Acquisition

This chapter provides an overview of language acquisition theories, including behaviorist, nativist, cognitive, social interactionist, and emergentist theories of language acquisition. Contributions of the theories to our understanding of language development and language assessment and treatment will be discussed.

2. Components of Language

This chapter will present and compare the traditional “Form, Content, and Use” model of the components of language and a newer approach to language, “Communication Subdomains.” The two models will be used to analyze communication behaviors in children.

3. Infant: Toddler Language Development

This chapter will review the major developmental milestones in communication that are observed in normal development from birth to age three. Nonverbal and verbal pragmatic, semantic, and morphosyntactic skills will be discussed.

4. Preschool Language Development

This chapter will review the major developmental milestones in communication that are observed in children ages three to five years. Pragmatic, semantic, and morphosyntactic skills will be described.

5. Elementary School Age Language Development

This chapter will review the major developmental milestones in communication that are observed in normal development during the elementary school years. Pragmatic, syntactic, semantic, and narrative skills will be discussed.

6. Adolescent Language Development

This chapter will review the major developmental milestones in communication that are observed in normal development during adolescence. Pragmatic, narrative/expository, syntactic, and semantic skills will be discussed.

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