Speech Therapy

Receptive Language Disorder – Diagnosis and Treatment

Receptive language disorders are a form of language disorder in which the affected person has problem understanding spoken as well as written (in rare cases) language. This disorder is known as a learning disability. This is related to the affected individuals inability to process language efficiently. While this language disorder is not noticed until a child speaks, most affected children are diagnosed before the age of four. When the affected individual has problem using written and spoken language, then they are diagnosed to have a receptive-expressive language disorder. Read on to know more about the diagnosis and treatment of receptive language disorder.

Causes of Speech Delay in Children

Diagnosis Methods for Receptive Language Disorder

The diagnosis assessment has to specifically elaborate about the child’s areas of difficulty. This becomes more crucial when the child does not respond to spoken language. The diagnosis for this language disorder may include:

  • Vision tests to ensure any loss in vision
  • Observation by a neuropsychologist to recognize any linked cognitive problems
  • Close and careful observation of the affected children while they interact with different people in a various of different settings
  • Testing the comprehension levels of the child and comparing the results with the expected skill level. If the affected child does not speak English, then the comprehension assessment should be performed in his/her first language. One can even use culturally appropriate materials.
  • The most important part of the diagnosis is hearing tests to be conducted by an audiologist. This will ensure whether the language problem is caused by hearing loss or not. This will even help one know whether the child pays attention to language and sound or not. (auditory processing assessment).

Treatment Options for Receptive Language Disorder

The affected child’s progress is based on several factors like he or she has sustained any brain injury. The treatment options may include:

  • Referring to a mental health provider if there are associated behavioral problems
  • In cases of severe difficulty, one can integrate support at school
  • Special education classes
  • Depending on the child’s need, one can initiate group therapy as well as one-on-one therapy
  • Speech-language therapy

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