The area of language includes how an individual understands spoken speech, how an individual puts words together for speech, and literacy. A child may have difficulty understanding what is being said to them. For example, they may have difficulty following directions or answering yes/no questions because they do not understand what was said. Speech therapy can work to improve these receptive language skills. On the other hand, a child may understand what was said to them but have difficulty forming phrases to respond. Some children have difficulty putting together sentences with noun, verbs, and adjectives. Vocabulary and sentence structure are also included in these expressive language skills. Children with language disorders sometimes also have difficulty with literacy, reading, and writing.
When a person has trouble understanding others (receptive language), or sharing thoughts, ideas, and feelings completely (expressive language), then he or she has a language disorder.
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