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Mixed Receptive-Expressive Language Disorder – An Overview

Mixed receptive-expressive language disorder occurs when an affected child has difficulty expressing his/her thoughts using spoken (expressive) language. Also, he/she faces difficulty in understanding what others are saying to him/her. This language disorder is mostly a childhood problem. To put it more simply, this language disorder is a language disability which causes impairment of both the expression and the understanding of language. Read on to know more about mixed receptive-expressive language disorder.

Mixed Receptive-Expressive Language Disorder

Types of Mixed Receptive-Expressive Language Disorder

There are basically two types of this language disorder. These include:

  • Developmental mixed receptive-expressive language disorder: There is no exact cause known for this type of language disorder. This usually appears in a child when he or she is learning to speak.
  • Acquired mixed receptive-expressive language disorder: This is caused when there is any direct damage to the affected person’s brain. This type of disorder suddenly occurs after events like a traumatic head injury or stroke. Also, this can strike at any age.

About Mixed Receptive-Expressive Language Disorder

This language disorder recognizes difficulties in the ability to produce speech as well as understand spoken language. Also, it identifies any developmental delays in the affected child. In any form of language disorder, the affected child fails to use and understand words in context, both non-verbally as well as verbally. A few characteristics of such language disorders include:

  • inability to follow directions
  • reduced vocabulary
  • incorrect grammatical patterns
  • inability to express thoughts and ideas
  • wrong use of words and their subsequent meaning

Children who suffer from developmental language delay or language learning disabilities can exhibit any one or combination of these characteristics. The affected child may see or hear a word but fail to understand its meaning. Also, they find it difficult to make others understand what they are actually trying to say or communicate. A few cases of mixed receptive-expressive language disorder is sometimes misdiagnosed as other developmental problem.

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