Speech Pathologists assess and treat a vast array of language disorders. Language disorders can include; central auditory processing disorders,  language delay, poor vocabulary, word finding difficulty, delayed language development and expressive or receptive language disorders / delays.  Receptive language refers to the comprehension of language including attention, word meanings, understanding concepts and being able to follow directions. Language also includes expressive language ie. being able to express ideas, thoughts and feelings. This requires the use of appropriate vocabulary, grammar and word order in sentences. Speech Pathologists look at expressive language (talking) and receptive language (comprehension) when they assess a child’s language.

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