A language delay can be either a receptive, expressive, or mixed language delay.
A receptive language delay is considered a delay in understanding spoken language, such as when a child has difficulty carrying out multi-step directions, or when a child may answer a question with an answer that does not pertain to the question.
An expressive language delay may refer to a delay in putting words together, or a delay at a higher level, in which the child may not ask questions or use an age-appropriate sentence structure.
The majority of language delays, however, are combined, or a mixed receptive-expressive language delay, in which both comprehension and speaking are compromised at some level. While a delay refers to a time factor, such as “my child’s expressive language skills are six months behind his chronological age,” a deficit refers to a language impairment that occur for either reasons, such as secondary to Autism, neurological disorders, or a Specific Language Impairment that is not-otherwise specified.
No matter the language delay type or severity, your child can and will benefit from individualized language therapy that addresses the language problem and solves it through evidence-based therapy practice.
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Language Development Chart
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