Communication is conducted primarily through receptive and expressive language skills. The expressive language skill can be summarized by how a person conveys meanings and intentions to another. Receptive language is the process of understanding that which is conveyed to us.
As stated in Receptive vs Expressive Communication, “Expressive language involves making requests, giving information, and labeling things. Expressive language is more difficult because the individual has to recall the word or words they want to communicate and then be able to express. A lack of expressive language skills is often the cause of frustration and behavior in individuals with language disorders.”
The ability to follow directions, socialize and identify items are examples of receptive language. Difficulties in receptive language skills are not always recognized. A receptive language disorder may be overlooked as disagreement to a stated command, when the problem may really be a misunderstanding of the statement that was made.
Language disorders can develop at birth or from an event that occurs later in life, such as a health issue or injury from an accident. Recognition of the problem may not occur until well after the event that was the cause. When a language disorder is suspected, a Speech-Language Pathologist should be involved in the diagnosis and treatment. An SLP is critical in the identification of causes that may have remained overlooked in the past. The SLP will be able to recognize all aspects of communication to develop the best and most comprehensive approach for treatment.
The Speech-Language Pathologist will work closely with parents, care-givers and other professionals, such as teachers, nurses and doctors to ensure the best path is taken for treatment.
Beth Fine, of Fine Communication in Manhattan, has helped a wide array of children and adults improve their expressive and receptive language skills. At the first session speech, voice, or language will be evaluated and the results and recommendations will be discussed. If you have questions about communication modification or a communication disorder, contact Beth Fine at 212-888-3696.