Receptive Language Disorder
Receptive language disorder refers to children who have difficulty attending to,
processing and comprehending spoken language.
Children with receptive language
problems have great difficulty understanding what is said to them despite having
Children with receptive language impairment will often have an accompanying
expressive language disorder.
Receptive language difficulty occurs because the child is not receiving and interpreting speech signals
efficiently, which can lead to an impoverished
semantic word knowledge
and understanding of
Children with language disorder are thus doubly affected - difficulty in understanding the
meaning of words correlates to difficulty using words.
It's rare to diagnose a child that
only has receptive language impairment.
In my experience, expressive language problems are almost always
closely linked to receptive language deficits.
Research has yet to fully determine the cause of developmental receptive language impairment,
but as with expressive language disorder, genetic predisposition (a family history of
language disorder) may be a factor in some cases.
Paul, R. (2006) Language Disoders form Infancy through Adolescence. Assessment and Intervention. Mosby
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