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Nexus Builds Language


At Nexus, children learn to be language users; they learn a linguistic practice.

At Nexus, children learn to do things with words such as to make promises, invite, explain, assert, negotiate, ask, tell, etc. Therefore, they learn the practice forms of a language. They learn a technique, not “verbal operants”  (“mands”, ”tacts” or “intraverbals”) 

At Nexus, children learn the conventional use of symbols (words and gestures) and how to manipulate them across a multitude of circumstances, transactions and contexts.

At Nexus, we clarify the ways expressions are used and how to teach them.

At Nexus, we employ an ‘ordinary language’ approach, which is to say that  learning a language is to learn a cultural practice informed by cultural norms for the use of words and expressions.

At Nexus, we use behavioral tools, strategies and procedures in order to increase learning efficiencies and to provide clarity during instruction. 

At Nexus, children do extremely well because the work is intensive, because it is informed by the appropriate conceptual framework for teaching language to children with related capacities, because the instruction is behaviorally based and because of the expertise of Dr. Schnee.

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