Receptive Language Disorders and Learning Disabilities

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What Is Receptive Language Disorder?:

Receptive language disorder is a type of learning disability affecting the ability to understand spoken, and sometimes written, language. Students with receptive language disorders often have difficulty with speech and organizing their thoughts, which creates problems in communicating verbally with others and in organizing their thoughts on paper.

Learning Disabilities in Receptive Language:

Receptive language disorder is believed to involve differences in language processing centers of the brain.

These disorders can result from inherited conditions or may be caused by brain injuries or stroke.

Receptive Language Disabilities:

People with receptive language disorder may have difficulty understanding spoken language, responding appropriately, or both. This leads to substantial difficulty communicating. They have difficulty with language processing and the connection between words and ideas they represent. Some people may also have problems with pronunciation of words and speech / sound production.

Treatment of Receptive Language Disorders:

Evaluation can provide information to help educators develop an effective individual education program. Typical strategies focus on language therapy to develop the important connections between letters, sounds, and words. Vocabulary development, rehearsal, and practice of using language in social situations may be helpful. In severe cases of receptive language problems, therapists may use multisensory techniques and whole language approaches.

Misconceptions about Receptive Language Disorder:

People with receptive language disorder may appear less capable than they really are because they do not effectively express themselves. However, in some cases, their understanding of language and subjects in school is often as well-developed as that of other learners their age.

They may simply be unable to express that understanding.

In some cases, children will have difficulty with both expressive and receptive language.

Assessment of Receptive Language Disorder:

If you believe you or your child has a receptive language disorder and may have a learning disability, contact your school principal or counselor for information on how to request an assessment. For students in college and vocational programs, their school's advising office can assist with finding resources to help ensure their success.

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