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Receptive Language Disorders

Symptoms include:

  • difficulty understanding spoken information

  • unable to comprehend story elements read to them

  • difficulty following directions given verbally or written down

  • "tuning" out during conversations

  • often misunderstands information spoken or written to them

Expressive Language Disorders

Symptoms include:

  • have difficulty expressing their thoughts to others

  • find staying on topic in a conversation challenging

  • uses words like "you know" "stuff" or "what do you call it" alot, often becoming frustrated that they aren't understood.

  • often seem withdrawn or shy rarely volunteers to answer questions in class

  • may love stories or tv shows but cannot tell events that happened or explain the plot.

  • when conversing, may sound awkward like "he go walking" or "they is happy"

Speech Disorders

Symptoms include:

  • speech disorders make verbal communication frustrating for both the speaker and the listener

  • for some, a muscle weakness or difficultly with coordination causes speech to sound distorted

  • for others abnormal substitutions (waskily wabbit) or sound changes like paskettee for spaghetti cause misunderstandings

  • fluency disorder (aka stuttering) is a communication problem when words get "stuck" or partially repeated.

Social Skills

Symptoms include:

  • finds making friends difficult

  • show anxious or avoiding behaviors in new situations like going to dinner or the movies

  • just can't understand humor

  • often goes "over the line" with things he/she says or does (like standing too close, making others uncomfortable)

  • obsessively talking about only a few topics
     

Reading Disorders & Reading Comprehension

Symptoms include:

  • not just seeing letters reversed

  • may say cat rhymes with dog instead of sat

  • reads slowly, sounding out each word, often with errors

  • cannot remember details from stories that he/she reads

  • often misreads words like saw for was or stain for strain

  • impacts textbook learning

  • resists reading for fun

Written Language and Organization

Symptoms include:

  • often able to tell stories in conversation, but can't put those words on paper in a way that makes sense

  • difficulty with punctuation like when you nee a "." or a "?"

  • organizing the order of words in a sentence, such as "I went yesterday to an library."

  • understanding tenses and agreement for example "He goed swim on the pool"