Language disorders can be classified by a receptive language disorder or an expressive language disorder. A receptive language disorder is when your child has difficulty understanding what others say. Do you ever notice that your child does not respond to your name or follow simple commands? These examples could be signs that your child has difficulty with comprehension of language.
An expressive language disorder is when your child has difficulty communicating their wants and needs either through verbal communication or nonverbal communication modalities (e.g. signing). Your child may often point to objects desired or pull you or familiar people in the direction that they want. It is possible that your child can have both a receptive and expressive language delay.
Early intervention for expressive and receptive language is crucial for your child’s ability to communicate their wants and needs. If you notice that your child has difficulty with expression or comprehension of language, he/she may benefit from a comprehensive evaluation by a speech language pathologist.
Your child may benefit from speech services focused on expressive and receptive language delay:
Language milestones are crucial building blocks for development and learning overtime. If you notice that your child does not exhibit these language milestones by the expected age range, they may benefit from a comprehensive evaluation by a speech language pathologist.