Receptive Language

  • Receptive Language

    Receptive language disorder is believed to involve difficulty with language processing centers of the brain. Children with a receptive language disorder demonstrate appropriate hearing, but they can't make sense of certain sounds, words, or sentences. Often times a breakdown can be seen within one or more of the following areas:  basic concept development, vocabulary skills, sequencing skills, task analysis or breaking down of mutliple step directives and oral comprehension of more complex ideas (inferencing, prediction skills).

    Early signs and symptoms:

    • Echolalia (repeating back words or phrases either immediately or at a later time.)
    • Inability to follow directions. (Following of routine, repetitive directions may be OK.)
    • Inappropriate, off-target responses to "wh" questions.
    • Re-auditorization (repeating back a question first and then responding to it.
    • Difficulty responding appropriately to:
           Yes/no questions
           either/or questions
           who/what/where questions
           when/why/how questions
    • Not attending to spoken language
    • High activity level and not attending to spoken language
    • Jargon (sounds like "unintelligible speech")
    • Using "memorized" phrases and sentences.