Receptive language refers to our ability to understand verbal and non-verbal language. In speech therapy, receptive language refers to the comprehension of word meanings, concepts, and gestures. Our children’s ability to understand receptive language helps build the foundation of successful communication. And as parents, we all appreciate how important communication is in making our lives easier!


Unfortunately, a receptive language disorder results in children struggling to understand what is said to them and how to respond. It’s a communication breakdown. Receptive language problems limit a child’s ability to understand the world around them and impedes their access to it. Children with receptive language disorders may express a lack of eye contact, frustration, unresponsiveness, difficulty following directions, off-topic conversations, and struggles in understanding spoken or written language.


Each child is unique, and symptoms vary, but receptive language problems can begin before three years of age. Parents often notice these problems when their children have difficulty following a storyline or struggle with academics.


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