Strategies for Working with Preschool Children with Language Delays

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Looking for strategies for working with preschool children with language delays? Here are some SMART tips!

Slow down


Add visual

Repeat instructions

Time to respond

S: Slow down (your speech). Children with developmental language delays need extra time to process speech and language. If you speak too quickly, they miss information.

M: Emphasize key points (see what I did there?). Children with developmental language delays need support with receptive language skills. If you add emphasis, this helps clue them into the critical words and important information.

A: Add a visual, gesture, or cue. Children with developmental language delays benefit from extra hints and visual aids.

R: Repeat instructions, two or three times. Repetition of verbal stimuli is highly beneficial for children with developmental language delays.

T: Time needed to respond is longer. Children with developmental language delays need extra time to formulate their responses, so we must be patient with them.

Mentrasti, A. (2019). Shareable Strategies for Working with Preschool Children with DLD. Blog.Asha.OrgRetrieved from

COVID-19 Protocol

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Hand Washing:
Upon arrival at your home, your therapist will wash their hands with soap and water and/or use hand sanitizer. We ask that you and your child also wash your hands and/or use hand sanitizer upon your therapist’s arrival.
We are asking our therapists to wear masks upon entering your home and throughout your child’s session. That said, we understand that some children have adverse reactions to seeing adults in masks and will leave it up to you and your therapist to decide your comfort level while still taking safety precautions.
We ask that parents and caregivers also follow the guidelines and wear masks when sitting in on sessions. We will not enforce that policy, but we do kindly ask for compliance.
As for your child, we realize that masks may not be appropriate for every child so we will not enforce the rule that children over the age of 2 should wear a mask.  However, if your therapist insists that your child wear a mask, then that will be a requirement directly between the two of you. We respect our therapists’ individual comfort levels with safety precautions and ask that you respect them as well.


Protocol Acknowledgment and Health Certification:

Before your child’s first in-person session, we are asking clients to submit an acknowledgment of these protocols and a health certification, which you can find here. Thank you again for your cooperation and for helping all of us stay healthy!