Speech Therapy -> Receptive Language -> Negation


To negate statements or questions, we typically insert the words no or not into the phrase or sentence. Comprehending and using negation is a common grammar challenge in language acquisition.

Reference links

  • How and Why to Teach Negation in Speech Therapy 1
    Author: @allison_fors - Teaching negation in speech therapy! Negatives are a difficult concept to teach and learn but are critical to a child's ability to communicate. 

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

  • Nicholle will demonstrate understanding of age-appropriate vocabulary by following directions of increasing length and complexity including negation (not, without), sequencing (after, before), serial order (first, then, last), location (right, left) and/or temporal (until, at the same time) concepts, advancing to the next level when 90% accuracy is achieved over 3 consecutive sessions. 3
  • Fred will demonstrate receptive understanding of age-appropriate vocabulary words with fading prompts with 90% accuracy over 3 consecutive sessions to increase receptive language skills. 4
  • Randa will demonstrate understanding of negatives in sentences with 80% accuracy across 3 sessions with min cues as measured by clinician observation to increase receptive language skills. 2