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Expressive and Receptive Language Disorders

Expressive and receptive language are vital parts of communication. An expressive language disorder occurs when a child struggles to convey their thoughts or messages effectively, while a receptive language disorder arises when a child faces challenges in understanding and processing information from others.

Expressive language involves expressing thoughts, ideas, and feelings using words, while receptive language encompasses understanding and interpreting incoming communication.

From the earliest cries and grunts to complex sentences, language development is a journey. Children typically start expressing their needs with single words around 15-18 months and should be combining words and phrases by age 3.

Our services extend beyond typical language development, addressing various disorders and delays including non-talkers, developmental delays, social communication challenges, and conditions like Autism Spectrum Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury.

Identifying language difficulties early is crucial. Young children with language delays might display poor eye contact, difficulty interacting with peers, or a limited vocabulary. Preschoolers may struggle with storytelling or using correct grammar, while school-aged children might face challenges in academic tasks or social interactions.

Wondering when to seek a speech-language evaluation? If your child isn't meeting language milestones or is exhibiting signs of communication difficulties, it's a good idea to consult with a speech-language pathologist. Early intervention can make a significant difference in outcomes, reducing frustration and enhancing communication skills for both child and family.

At Rural Rehabilitation Services, we're here to support your child's language journey every step of the way. Don't hesitate to reach out – the earlier, the better!



If you have any questions or think you or a family may benefit from speech therapy, please reach out with any questions or concerns!

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