for Language Problems
This chapter presents intervention approaches designed to maximize the language skills and help manage the language problems of WSs. Drawing on clinical experience with the unusual language profile of WS, many intervention procedures are provided for each of the problem areas described in chapter 2.
Because WS is characterized by language delay and a number of other language problems, speech language therapy (SLT) is recommended for virtually all children with WS (Levine, 1993; Morris et al., 1988; Scheiber, 2000). Earlier parent surveys indicate that between 53% and 73% of WSc receive treatment (Gosch & Pankau, 1996a; Tharp, 1986). More recent surveys report that 100% of WSc have been referred to speech and language services (Grejtak, 1996c).
Speech language therapists (SLTs) occupy a key position in providing interventions for language-related problems. In contrast to the usual practice of providing therapy first to individuals who are most impaired, WSs with better language skills may benefit as much, if not more, than those who are severely impaired. Besides trying to remediate specific language problems and develop language skills, SLTs can help WSs use language as a tool to strengthen their performance in other areas. Parents, teachers, other spe-