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Abstract / Figurative Language / Idioms

Understanding non-literal language forms. Examples include: "It’s raining cats and dogs", "Fit as a fiddle"', or "Break a leg". Receptive tasks include being given an idiom and identifying a picture representation of the figurative language.

Related Disorder(s)

  • Receptive Language Disorder - A child with receptive language disorder has difficulties with understanding what is said to them. The symptoms vary between children but, generally, problems with language comprehension begin before the age of three years. Children need to understand spoken language before they can use language to express themselves.

Goal Bank

  • Sadye will receptively identify and define abstract or figurative language, idioms, and multiple meaning words in context independently with 80% accuracy across 3 treatment sessions to improve language comprehension. 1
  • Tyler will identify basic emotions with 80% accuracy given moderate clinician support across 3 of 5 sessions. 0
  • Tyler will identify the current state of emotion and expand on reasoning behind emotion with 80% accuracy given moderate cueing for 3 consecutive sessions. 0

Reference links

  • Idioms and Speech and Language Therapy 1 Author: David Clarke - For most of us, idioms are something we pick up naturally as we go through life, but for others, it can be a struggle to understand these seemingly random strings of words.