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Receptive & Expressive
Language Therapy

Receptive language is the language you understand.

A disorder may be seen in a child who has difficulty comprehending spoken language--can't follow directions, can't connect words to the ideas they represent.

Expressive language is the language you use.

A child may understand what you are telling them, but has difficulty responding using the correct words, sentence structure, or word markings. 

Language is complex. It is made up of different parts, including:

 

Semantics: word meanings

Syntax: arrangement of language

Morphology: the formation of words

Pragmatics: social language use

A comprehensive language assessment varies based on age--a baby communicates differently than a school- aged child. A combination of strategies help determine areas of weakness. 

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