Receptive language problems occur when a child has difficulty understanding what words mean or what is said to them. They may be challenged following directions or learning concepts.
Expressive language problems occur when a child has difficulty making words using the correct grammar (jumped, friend, friendly, unfriendly.) Some children have difficulty combining words to makes sentences correctly. Others have difficulty expressing themselves and explaining. Describing or telling a story can be hard. Some children have difficulty using language for social interaction or meaningful conversations with others. Language problems can affect problem-solving skills, the ability to read and comprehend, and written expression often required in school.