Receptive and Expressive Language
What is receptive and expressive language?
Receptive language refers to how your child understands language. Expressive language refers to how your child uses words to express himself/herself.
Young children with language difficulties may have:
Preschool-aged children with language difficulties may have difficulty:
School-aged children with language difficulties may have difficulty:
Please click on the following links for information about speech-language milestones for young children and activities for promoting communication development:
When is a speech-language evaluation recommended?
If a family is concerned about their child’s communication development, a consultation with a speech–language pathologist is recommended. General guidelines for when to schedule an evaluation include when a child:
What to expect during a language evaluation
During a 60-minute language evaluation, the speech-language pathologist will collect information about your child’s medical history, developmental milestones, and your current concerns. Depending on your child’s age and communication skills, the speech-language pathologist may also:
Results and recommendations will be discussed at the end of the evaluation. If appropriate, language therapy will be recommended and home activities will be discussed and demonstrated.
What to bring to a language evaluation
What to expect during language therapy
Based on the results of your child’s evaluation, language therapy may be recommended. During treatment the speech-language pathologist may work on:
Depending on your child’s age and abilities, activities may be completed during play or in more structured ways such as seated at a table. We also offer speech-language groups to help children use their new skills with their peers.
At Children’s, we believe that it is very important for families to be involved in all aspects of their child’s care. Depending on the child’s needs, parents are encouraged to view the sessions via monitors, observation mirrors, or in the therapy room. In addition, your child’s speech-language pathologist will discuss progress, provide worksheets for home practice, and demonstrate beneficial therapy techniques to ensure maximum benefit is received from therapy.
Find additional information on language development, as well as diagnoses commonly associated with language disorders: