Receptive and Expressive Language Disorders F.A.Q.

I hope this information can help you understand receptive-expressive disorders. If you think my approach may be right for you, I’m happy to provide a free 15-minute consult to discuss if speech therapy is the right choice for you or your child at this time.

What are receptive and expressive language disorders?

Receptive Language: what a person understands when someone speaks to them

Expressive Language: the words a person uses to express themselves

When should I seek speech therapy for a receptive or expressive language disorder?

  • Do NOT “wait and see.” If your child has a receptive or expressive language disorder, it is important to start as soon as possible

What are red flags of an articulation disorder?

  • If your child’s language levels are below the level of same-aged peers in their sociolinguistic community*

*There is a difference between a language difference vs a language disorder!*

  • Language difference: An educated speech therapist trained in bilingual therapy and bidialectical therapy understands the importance and simultaneously the limitations of research norms. Children’s language development may differ than what a research paper says. It is possible that their speech and language development is unique to their exposure to different types of linguistic backgrounds.
  • Language disorder: It may be a disorder if a child’s language is at a lower level than the speech and language environment in which they are being raised.

Keep in mind:

  • Bilingual children’s language development varies greatly from monolingual language development.
  • In order to get an accurate diagnosis, choose a speech therapist that is trained in evaluating multiple language and dialects.


    What are some differences in monolingual and bilingual language development? 

  • I will be starting a detailed and free training series on this. Check back soon!