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Receptive and Expressive Language/Auditory Processing

Receptive language refers to how a child understands language.

Some signs that your child may need intervention:

  • Difficulty understanding what people have said to them.

  • Struggle to follow directions that are spoken to them.

  • Problems organizing their thoughts for speaking or writing


Expressive language refers to how a child uses words to express himself/herself.

Some signs that your child may need intervention:

  • Struggle to put words together into a sentence or may not string together words correctly in their sentences.

  • Have difficulties finding the right words while speaking and use placeholder words like “um.”

Auditory Processing Disorder 

  • difficulty with understanding speech in noisy environments

  • difficulty with following directions, requiring multiple repetitions

  • problems with distinguishing between similar sounds.

  • hard to talk with other people because he may not be able to process what others are saying and come up with a response quickly.

  • APD can affect the way your child speaks as well as his ability to read, write, and spell. He may drop the ends of words or mix up similar sounds.


*Treatments may include environmental modifications, such as the use of listening devices, and working with a therapist.

*Auditory processing disorder (APD) affects about 5% of school-aged children. Kids with this condition, also known as central auditory processing disorder (CAPD), can't process what they hear in the same way other kids do. 

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