Expressive & Receptive Language Disorder

An expressive language disorder occurs when a child has issues communicating either in a verbal or written manner. They can understand speech and writing but have trouble when they are the one doing the speaking and writing.

This is the opposite of receptive language disorder, which is when a child has trouble understanding only spoken language. While both of these disorders can be secondary diagnoses of another issue, such as autism, this is not always the case.

Symptoms & signs of expressive language disorder:

  • Not writing at grade level or inability to write a complete sentence
  • Issues speaking known and understood words aloud
  • Using words incorrectly
  • Trouble asking questions
  • Difficulty naming objects

Symptoms & signs of receptive language disorder:

  • Problems learning and remembering new words
  • Problems understanding or remembering the meaning of words
  • Inability to follow spoken instructions
  • Issues comprehending singular spoken words
  • Inattention to spoken conversations

When is it time to get help?

If you find your child has symptoms and you suspect that your child has an expressive or receptive language disorder, you may find they are also performing poorly in school, acting out due to frustration, or may even be withdrawn. If this is your child’s experience, then it’s likely time to seek help.

Expressive and receptive language disorders can be treated, but early diagnosis and intervention are very important.

Expressive & receptive language disorder treatment methods

There are ways to treat these language disorders and any residual psychological effects they may have. It’s important to know if there is another diagnosis that accompanies expressive and receptive language disorders. Before a treatment plan can be designed for your child, an assessment must first be conducted by a Speech and Language Pathologist or one of Insight Psychological’s licensed therapists (if you don’t already have a formal diagnosis). That is the first step – from there, your therapist will discuss with you the best course of treatment for your child and their individual circumstances and personality. You may even benefit from family therapy.

What will I get out of treatment with Insight Psychological?

We can help you and your child address the frustration that can come from having an expressive or receptive language disorder. Our therapists have knowledge, experience, and empathy to work with you and your child or family to manage the challenges that result when there is an inability to communicate easily. Please call Insight Psychological today. We have offices in several locations in Alberta.