Children with a receptive language disorder have difficulty understanding and processing language. Like an expressive language disorder, it may be either developmental or acquired.  Receptive language disorders usually begin before age four, and often co-exist with expressive language disorders (mixed receptive-expressive).

Signs and Symptoms pf Receptive Language Disorder May Include

  • difficulty following directions
  • decreased comprehension of "yes/no" and "wh" questions
  • limited vocabulary
  • poor understanding of grammatical markers and syntax
  • difficulty attending to spoken language

Receptive and expressive language disorders are frequently identified between ages 3-5, and speech-language treatment is recommended as soon as possible.