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Year: 2019 | Month: April | Volume: 9 | Issue: 4 | Pages: 338-342

Importance of Play in the Development of Language and Social Skills –A Case Study on Twins

Ruth Deborah D1, Preethy Susan Reni2, Julie Sandra A3, Priyanka A4

1Assistant Professor, 3Clinical Supervisor, 4Intern BASLP,
Department of Audiology and Speech Language Pathology SRM Medical College Hospital and Research Centre, SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Kattankulathur, Kancheepuram Dist, Tamilnadu-603203
2Speech Language Pathologist, National Institute of Speech and Hearing, NISH Road, Sreekariyam P.O, Trivandrum, Kerala – 695017,

Corresponding Author: Preethy Susan Reni


Play fosters language development in young children in which an effective language-learning environment is established to facilitate language. Language deficits in twins tend to persist through the early years of life. The present case study focussed on the relationship between language, social skills and play in a pair of twins diagnosed with language delay. A set of identical twins aged 3 years was evaluated for their speech and language skills. A detailed pre and post therapy evaluation was carried out formally and informally. Individual therapy and group therapy were provided to facilitate language through symbolic and associative play. A notable improvement was observed in language and social communication skills. Increased spontaneity of communication, social reciprocity, commenting, use of questions and use of linguistic markers were also observed. The study concludes that play facilitates language skills in children with language disorders.

Key words: Play, Twins, Language, Social skills

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