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Gestalt language processing is a form of language development in which full phrases or (scripts) are memorized and used before basic units of speech such as individual words. “At first, children produce “chunks” or “gestalt form” (e.g., echolalic utterances), without distinction between individual words and without appreciation for internal syntactic structure” (ASHA, 2022). Current literature suggests various definitions and methods of treatment to support gestalt language learners. Inconsistent definitions of gestalt language have led professionals working with this population to utilize subjective treatment frameworks. The purpose of this review is to provide effective and peer reviewed strategies for speech language pathologists to apply to their interventions in order to maintain evidence-based practice services.
Gestalt language, Gestalt language learner, Language development, Language acquisition
Communication Sciences and Disorders | Speech and Hearing Science | Speech Pathology and Audiology
College of Education and Allied Health
Communication Disorders and Deaf Education
Master of Science (MS)
Fontbonne University Archives
St. Louis, MO
De La Cruz, Mckenzie, "Treatment Strategies for a Gestalt Language Learner" (2023). 2023 SLP Posters. 18.
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