Expressive and Receptive Language Therapy
There are two major types of language disorders: receptive language disorders and expressive language disorders. An expressive language disorder is one in which the child struggles to get their meaning or messages across to other people. A receptive language disorder is one in which a child struggles to understand and process the messages and information they receive from others. Some children have a mixed receptive-expressive language disorder in which they have symptoms of both types of disorders. (choc.org)
Children with a receptive language disorder may have some or all of the following symptoms:
- Difficulty understanding what people have said to them.
- Struggle to follow directions that are spoken to them.
- Problems organizing their thoughts for speaking or writing.
- Children with an expressive language disorder may have some or all of the following symptoms:
Struggle to put words together into a sentence or may not string together words correctly in their sentences.
Have difficulties finding the right words while speaking and use placeholder words like “um.”
Have a low vocabulary level compared to other children the same age.
Leave words out of sentences when talking.
Use tenses (past, present, future) incorrectly.