Distinguishing Between Delay and Disorder

A child with a receptive language delay/disorder has difficulty understanding what is being said to them. A child with an expressive language delay/disorder has trouble using words to communicate ideas. Children who have difficulty in both areas have a mixed receptive / expressive language delay or disorder.

Children with language delays have language skills that are developing in a typical manner although lag behind same aged peers. On the other hand, children with language disorders will show persistent difficulties with developing age appropriate language skills.

How can I help my child?

There are several things you can do at home with your child to encourage language development. Download our free informational guide on Language Delay and Disorders below to learn more:

A lot happens in the first few years of life. For children who are not where they need to be with development, getting help early can make a big difference. – ASHA.org on Early Intervention

How can I get professional help?

Consult with your child’s pediatrician if you suspect that your child may have a language delay or disorder. Your pediatrician understands your child’s history, and may ultimately refer you to a speech pathologist. A speech pathologist, also known as a speech therapist, will then complete an evaluation and discuss further steps with you. Your speech therapist may recommend Speech and Language Therapy.

Please feel free to get in touch with me, or speak with your child’s pediatrician if you have any questions or concerns about your child’s speech and language development.

Julianne is a licensed speech therapist and founder of GO Therapy and is excited to serve the Las Vegas and Henderson communities!

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