Learning Beyond Limits: Core Language Skills Services

Language is a spoken, written, or other symbolic system (e.g., Sign Language) used to communicate thoughts, ideas, and concepts. It is divided into receptive language (i.e., listening and reading comprehension) and expressive language (i.e., speaking and writing). Spoken language skills provide the foundation for a person’s reading and writing abilities to develop.

Many additional factors also come together to influence a person’s language abilities at any given time including: auditory and visual processing, motivation and self-regulation, social perspective-taking, flexible thinking, intellectual functioning, memory, attention, educational opportunity, and life experiences. Therefore, it is crucial to consider the complete profile of a student when identifying where and why language difficulties may exist.

He has not once said a single negative thing about doing his work with you and that is not true of most other things he does — so that’s a real compliment! He often notices the negative side of things before he finds anything positive, but this is just not the case with his time with you! You are doing an awesome job making him feel positive and capable. Thank you so much!
— Parent of Middle School Student

We use current research and evidence-based methods that adhere to ASHA national standards for best practices to design a targeted language program for each student

These are some of the skills for both receptive and expressive language that we can help students develop or strengthen.



Vocabulary knowledge

Understanding figurative language

Making inferences

Social language


Reflective thinking



Decoding and spelling

Automaticity and fluency

Monitoring comprehension

Understanding text structure

Research and note-taking

Study skills



Brainstorming and topic selection

Grammar, sentence structure, and paragraph organization

Essay and thesis writing

Narrative and creative writing

Editing and revising

Considering audience


Weekly sessions form the structure for a collaborative approach

In addition to weekly sessions, ongoing consultation and collaboration with parents, teachers, therapists and any other educational or healthcare professionals is often provided to maximize carryover of skills across school and home settings.