Expressive & Receptive Language

Does your child have trouble following directions? If you have started to notice your three- or four-year old has trouble understanding basic directions, learning new words or saying the right words in order, they may have an expressive and/or receptive language disorder.

Expressive and Receptive Language Disorders mean a child has trouble comprehending what someone is trying to say to them and/or they have trouble expressing themselves.

1 in 20 children will show symptoms of a language or speech disorder. Expressive and receptive language disorders begin to appear around the age of 4.

Along with difficulty understanding or telling stories, other symptoms of expressive language disorders include trouble with:

  • Asking questions
  • Gesturing
  • Creating sentences
  • Naming objects
  • Starting conversations or keeping a conversation going
  • Learning new vocabulary words

Signs that your child may need receptive language therapy:

  • Has trouble understanding what others are saying
  • Struggles learning songs and rhymes
  • Difficulty following directions
  • Unable to answer questions correctly
  • Struggles to connect words and ideas for greater meaning
  • Has trouble talking with other children

While a language disorder signals that a child is not developing their language or speech normally, it rarely has anything to do with the intelligence of the child.

The Speech & Language Centers of Excellence offers a comprehensive speech and language treatment plan to manage this disorder and help place you and your child on the path to achieving a joyous and successful outcome.

The earlier that intervention takes place, the more confidence your child will have in social interactions and the less fear they will experience when around teachers and peers.