RECEPTIVE LANGUAGE DEALS WITH UNDERSTANDING SPOKEN AND WRITTEN WORDS. This ability advances with age. Different issues present themselves as age advances and children with difficulties are diagnosed with age-sensitive issues.
Receptive language issues present themselves at different times in a child’s development. ADHD is often recognized as a ‘hidden disability’. This is also the case for Dyslexia. Children with ADHD and Dyslexia often have receptive language issues that go unnoticed. Many issues many not be recognized until the child is of school age. Once the child enters school, their small issues with letters may advance into bigger issues with reading and writing. Some symptoms are listed below, and may indicate that your child is having or could have receptive language issues in the near future:
- Frustration when reading or writing.
- Cannot accurately follow directions.
- Cannot understand or follow complex sentences.
- Has trouble listening and answering questions.
- Has attention difficulties and often acts out.
- Cannot repeat a sentence when asked.
- Has trouble making friends with children of the same age.
The specific causes for receptive language issues are not always able to be identified. There can be a number of factors that contribute to the underlying issue. Both nature and nurture play a role in developing or under-developing skills for receptive language. On the nature side, if there is a family history with receptive language issues, there is a better chance that the child has inherited the tendency to have issues in this area. It can also have a lot to do with the rate at which the child is developing. As for nurture, factors such as exposure to language and personality can impact the growth and ability to read and write words.
Why Dyslexia Testing is important
Research at the University of Wisconsin recently found that Dyslexia and Early Language Difficulties are linked. That’s why early testing for Dyslexia is important. At Focused Education, we specialise in Dyslexia Testing and support you with practical tutoring support.
How to help
Speech Pathologists are specifically trained to assess and treat your child’s language at Focused Education. To make the best choice for your child, don’t wait to bring them in to be assessed. Early intervention has been proven to help children overcome receptive language issues and continue to advance. In general, these difficulties with language do not just ‘go away’ without speech therapy advice. It becomes very difficult for children when they are struggling, and they may start to become angry and resist homework and other assignments. This is because it is simply hard for them, and they do not know enough to identify the problem. A parent does not cause their child to have these difficulties, but they can help them immensely by getting them the speech therapy advice.
If you have concerns about your child’s receptive language skills, contact Focused Education to book an assessment for your child.
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