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  • When an individual has difficulties with understanding what is heard or read.

  • Most children with language comprehension usually begin before the age of four years old.

  • The cause of Receptive Language Difficulty is unknown, but could be a number of factors working in combination, such as:

  • genetic susceptibility

  • child’s exposure to language

  • Receptive Language Difficulty can often be associated with developmental disorders (Autism or Down Syndrome), brain injury (trauma), tumor or disease. Some children may just have difficulty with reception of language and this may be the only developmental problem they experience.


  • May show difficulty organizing their thoughts

  • Taking a long time to respond to a question

  • Naming a general category instead of a specific word (ex. Saying “food” instead of “cake”)

  • Being quick to say “I don’t know” in response to a question

  • Having difficulty understanding humor or idioms

  • Not seeming to listen when they are spoken to

  • Appearing to lack interest when storybooks are read to them

  • Inability to understand complicated sentences

  • Inability to follow verbal instructions

  • Language skills below the expected level for their age.

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