Speech Therapy -> Receptive Language -> Semantics


The study of meaning of language and how words work together. This includes things such as multiple words that have the same meaning, but are used in different pragmatic situations.

Reference links

  • Building Semantic Networks: The Impact of a Vocabulary Intervention On Preschoolers’ Depth of Word Knowledge 2
    Author: Elizabeth B. Hadley, David K. Dickinson, Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Roberta Michnick Golinkoff - Results suggest that fostering deep vocabulary knowledge involves not only teaching single word entities but also introducing systems of conceptually related words to build semantic networks.
  • Selecting Vocabulary Words to Teach 3
    Author: Shelley Gray and Hui-Chun Yang - Although speech-language pathologists may understand the importance of vocabulary for oral language, listening, and reading comprehension and the need for vocabulary instruction, they may not have a clear rationale for selecting specific words to teach. The purpose of this article is to review different strategies for selecting vocabulary words for direct instruction and to discuss the pros and cons of each strategy.

Activity List(s)

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

  • Micaela will receptively identify age-appropriate vocabulary items from a variety of semantic categories (i.e. letters, shapes, colors, nouns, verbs, adjectives, etc.) in a field of 4, with fading supports with 80% accuracy on 4 out of 4 consecutive therapy days as measured by clinician data and observation to increase receptive language skills. 3


  • Kiki Celebrates Spring preview

    Kiki Celebrates Spring

    Bailey Morgan, M.A., CCC-SLP

    Kiki Celebrates Spring. Short story with spring vocabulary, can be used by itself or with one of the Spring resources (i.e. making strawberry shortcake activity, bee pattern tracing...)

    Includes activity list