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What Is Receptive Language Delay? – Its Symptoms And Tips

‘One to talk, two to walk’ my dad always reminded me right from the day he knew I was pregnant. My dad has seen many children with Receptive Language Delay and was worried how my son will do. My son first said ‘Mummm’, when he was about one year and my dad was the happiest person and ever since has been teaching. But, not all parents are so lucky and many of them may not be able to diagnose late talking from receptive language delay.

What Is Delay In Language Reception?
It is a condition where the kid is not talking, understanding, or comprehending oral, written, or symbolic gestures when compared to other kids of his or her age. When a kid is ignoring, finding it difficult to understand, or is not following directions, just like the other kids of his or her playgroup, day care, or school.

Symptoms:

  • When a question is asked the child does not answer, but repeats the last two words of the question.
  • He or she tends to ignore questions.
  • They find it hard to understand more than a single step direction.
  • They give irrelevant, unrelated and vague replies to questions.
  • Prefers to nod or shake the head instead of replying verbally.
  • May be able to understand single many different words, but when all of these are put together he/she will fail to comprehend.

If a child is exhibiting these symptoms and characteristics then it is advisable to get the child examined by a pediatrician or a language therapist at the earliest. Unlike late talking the child will not pick up or catch up with the peers later, but it will further trouble him or her and make it more difficult.

Tips For Parents To Deal With Delayed Language:

  • Teach your kid how to say a word, what it means, and how to say it.
  • Encourage your child to learn to repeat the words and understand them.
  • Use words contextually. Give and show as many instances as possible to use the word. For example the word “shoe” or “shirt” etc. Every time you and your kid comes across it use it.
  • Exaggerate the use of vowels than consonants. For example “ball” pay more attention on ‘a’ than on ‘b’ or ‘l’.
  • Use words and actions to make it more understandable.
  • Give directions in a simple way. If lengthy sentences are used, it would be difficult for the child to understand and follow it. Break it down if necessary.
  • Ask simple and small questions but encourage multiple worded answers.
  • Motivate your child to do a task. Like getting a ball from across the room. If he does not follow it, show how to do it. And then ask the child to follow the directions.
  • Teach verbs, adjective, and prepositions other than teaching nouns. This will help the child learn and understand better.
  • It is strongly indicated by many studies that if the child is aged more at the time of diagnosis then the harder it is to correct the problem.
  • The more a child uses gestures to communicate, the better the chances are that the kid will learn things faster.
  • Work on the progress of the learning process. For instance, the first day introduce a new word ‘bat’. The next day add a word or two to the introduced word ‘bad’. Teach ‘my bat’ once the new word is understood. Likewise train ‘that is my bat’ etc.

These are a few of the characteristics of receptive language delay and what parents can do in such a condition. It is always better to consult a language specialist or therapist instead of waiting for your toddler to catch up.

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