Expressive Language Delay

Expressive language refers to a person’s ability to communicate in verbal or written format. When there is a delay in an individual’s expressive language skills, they may have difficulty putting words together, formulating sentences/thoughts, developing and using vocabulary correctly, sequencing events, answering and asking questions and utilizing correct grammar skills. Often, an individual with expressive language delay is able to comprehend written and spoken material without difficulty.

A developmental expressive language delay is of unknown origin and usually occurs when a child is beginning to speak. Children might not be using words or sentences appropriate in length or context compared to their age-matched peers. Children may also be identified during the school age years when presented with new learning material within the academic environment or beginning to socialize with peers.

Receptive Language Delay

Receptive language refers to an individual’s ability to understand language in spoken or written format. When a child has a delay in their receptive language skills, they may have difficulty with following directions, answering questions, reading comprehension, listening, and understanding vocabulary.

Speech Therapy will target the areas of receptive language a child is having difficulty with. Receptive language can be treated at the same time as expressive language.

Our Speech Therapists tailor interventions to address the individual needs of every child and their language profile. If you are unsure if your child is meeting the expected milestones for their age, please visit our Resource page or use our Contact Form to schedule a free phone consultation. One of our licensed and experienced Speech-Language Pathologists will listen to your concerns and determine if an evaluation may be needed.