Enhancing Oral Language Comprehension in Children and Adolescents

The courses are designed to give in-depth focus to specific areas of interests, and facilitate knowledgeable discussion amongst peers. Courses can also be designed upon the request of clients, based on their needs. The courses are arranged in The Netherlands and Finland, and other locations in Europe can be arranged upon request.

Upcoming Courses

At the moment there are no workshops planned.

If you are interested in the workshop, please be in contact via email. Let us know in which city you would like the course to be arranged. You can also ask your colleagues in the same region if they would be interested in participating the workshop. When there are at least twenty participants, we will try to arrange the workshop at the desired location.

“Thank you so much for an inspiring day. It was most valuable + beneficial. Feel very motivated to hurry back to clinic.”

Course Info

The aim of the workshop is to offer information about enhancing oral language comprehension in children and adolescents (1-16y), who have developmental language disorder. This practical course offers an overview of oral language comprehension enhancement. After the course the participant can apply new information to this overview and apply acquired knowledge into practice. The course is meant for speech and language therapists who work with children and adolescents.

During this course we will discuss three different levels where the intervention can focus on and two approaches that can be used in intervention. In addition individual therapy techniques as well as the strength of evidence and efficacy of each technique are addressed. We will go through how child’s age affects the choice of therapy techniques. During the workshop the participants will make a preliminary intervention plan for one client. Each participant is therefore asked to bring one client case with them. The necessary info is age of the child, short background information, linguistic difficulties and how the difficulties affect everyday life.

The courses are given by Sirpa Tarvainen, MA, speech and language therapist and PhD candidate at the University of Helsinki. The content of this course is based on the literature review of her dissertation. This is combined with recent research on the matter and experience from clinical practice.

The price of the workshop is 220e. Digital workshop materials, coffee or tea and lunch are included. For inquiries about the courses please contact me via email, info@takingturns.eu, or by phone +31 6 133 48 114. The registration is binding, but the right to participate can be transferred to another person.

Content of the Course

The risks related to difficulties in oral language comprehension.

Who are we talking about when we talk about children with oral language comprehension difficulties? Defining the terms, specific language impairment versus developmental language disorder.

Can oral language comprehension difficulties be ameliorated? Previous knowledge about oral language comprehension interventions and their efficacy.

Exercise: Techniques to enhance oral language comprehension.

Conceptualising oral language comprehension rehabilitation. Three different areas which rehabilitation can target.

Therapy techniques modifying the communicative environment of the child. Strength of evidence and efficacy of these techniques. Practical tips.

Therapy techniques targeting child’s language. Strength of evidence and efficacy of these techniques. Practical tips.

Therapy techniques targeting child’s language processing. Strength of evidence and efficacy of these techniques. Practical tips.

Framework of oral language comprehension interventions. Three different areas which rehabilitation can target and two different approaches which can be used in rehabilitation.

The age of the child in comparison with the previously mentioned areas and approaches. Implicit and explicit therapy techniques and a possible explanation: Procedural Deficit Hypothesis.

Reflecting upon this knowledge with one’s own client. Making a preliminary intervention plan. Discussion.

Linguistic difficulties, risks versus resilience.

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Signing in and cancellations

The registration is binding, but the right to participate can be transferred to another person. If there are not enough registered participants, Taking Turns has the right to cancel the course.


National University of Ireland Galway, School of Health Sciences, Discipline of Speech & Language Therapy, Senior Lecturer & Head of Discipline, Dr. Rena Lyons

City of Vantaa, Health Services, Rehabilitation / Speech and Language Therapy, Head of Speech and Language Therapy Sinikka Hannus

City of Helsinki, Social and Health Care Services, Special Services for Families, Children’s Speech and Language Therapy, Head of Speech and Language Therapy Päivi lehmusvuori

CogniMed, Head of District, Speech and Language Therapist Maiju Laitinen

Comments on the Workshop

“Very practical & usable in the clinic”

“Just what I needed! Exceptionally informative.”

“I really found this course useful. The evidence base was clearly presented & gave me lots of fresh therapy ideas.”

“Very useful day. Affirming what I’m doing but allowing me to re-evaluate & expand on my repertoire of therapy techniques.”

“Very clear and informative. Clarifies evidence base in this area + will result in changes in my clinical practice.”

“An excellent day with valuable reviews of the literature”

“This workshop was so practical and relevant to everyday, to clinical practise.”

“This workshop has really got me thinking about how I teach and talk about strategies to parents and teachers. I really liked the importance of making strategies explicit.”