Language Delay

Speech Therapy Expressive Pragmatic

Expressive, Receptive and Expressive Language Delays

Receptive language delay is the inability to comprehend both verbal and nonverbal language. A child might present with difficulties in understanding spoken words as well as gestures. An expressive language delay is the inability to use spoken words to express needs and desires. A child might struggle to use words, signs, and gestures during daily tasks. 

Pragmatic language delay is the difficulty of understanding and using language socially with others. A child may struggle with greetings, initiating a conversation, and maintaining a conversation. However, an autistic child uses language differently when having a conversation. We do not teach autistic children to communicate like neurotypicals. We embrace the difference and instead help the autistic child advocate for themselves.

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