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Language is the organization of sounds or symbols that are used to communicate thoughts or feelings.

Language consists of content, form, and use.


How we say something refers to our form.

What we say refers to the content of our language.

Why we say something refers to our use of language.

Receptive language refers to the skills involved in understanding language.


Expressive language refers to the skills of being precise, complete and clear when expressing thoughts

and feelings, answering questions, relating events, and carrying on a conversation.

What is Language?

Language can be revealed in different ways such as



Delayed language development. Language is not developing within normal expectations

Limited skills in understanding spoken language


Poor listening skills


Limited understanding of word meanings and meanings in general


Limited expressive language skills


Difficulties conceptualizing and formulating ideas about events, objects, and relations, primarily in the

area of semantics


Difficulties learning linguistic form, particularly phonologic, morphologic, and syntactic rules


Limited use or lack of use of morphologic elements of language


Limited use of sentence structures (limited syntactic performance)


Inability to adapt language according to different speakers or events, or an inability to use language

for a wide variety of functions. These are pragmatic disorders


Difficulties integrating form, content, and use of language


Deficient use of language that has been learned


Limited skills in narrating experiences


Limited conversational skills


Academic difficulties (reading and writing)

If you have any concerns about your child's language development or learning difficulties, a Speech-Language Pathologist may be helpful in assessing and defining strategies to help your child. Seeking earlier professional support is recommended.

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