Children who are GLPs develop language naturally over time, passing through developmental stages, just as do children who are Analytic Language Processors (ALP; the other way of developing language and the “traditional” view of language development). There is no known reason why certain children develop language as GLPs or as ALPs, though there is some evidence to show that many children with Autism Spectrum Disorder are also GLPs. However, not all autistic children are GLPs, and not all GLPs are autistic.
If your child shows one or many of the characteristics above, or if you believe they may be a GLP, it would be beneficial to receive a Speech and Language assessment.
During the assessment, the Speech-Language Pathologist will gather a detailed account of your child’s communication history and characteristics and will observe your child during play and/or conversation. The assessment is typically play-based (or interest-based for older children), where the Speech-Language Pathologist follows your child’s lead to allow your child to express themselves authentically and in a spontaneous way. Based on the discussion and observations, the Speech-Language Pathologist will determine whether your child is likely a GLP, at which stage of language development they are communicating, and whether the Natural Language Acquisition (NLA) approach (an evidence-based approach to support GLPs) is appropriate for your child.
Our therapists understand that Gestalt Language Processing is a natural way of developing language. We build on your child’s strengths and unique ways of communicating in order to help your child move through the stages of Natural Language Acquisition. Members of our team are familiar with the evidence-based Natural Language Acquisition approach, both through the Meaningful Speech course and through continuing education on various platforms. Our clinicians use child-centered and neurodiversity-affirming approaches to help your child feel comfortable and confident, to ultimately be able to express themselves in their own words and reach their full potential.