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Expressive Language

Expressive Language is a person's ability to express themselves using spoken, gestural, and written language.

Receptive Language

Receptive Language is a person's ability to understand spoken and written language.

A person may have difficulty in the following areas:

  • Using correct sentence structure
  • Grammatical concepts
  • Vocabulary knowledge, finding the 'right' words
  • Understanding instructions
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Interpreting humour and hidden meanings of language

(Please note this list is only an example of some types of language difficulties and is not exhaustive.)

Language difficulties in adults may be experienced after a Stroke, Head Injury, or Brain Tumour. They may also be experienced by people who have Progressive Diseases such as Dementia or Parkinson's Disease. Some language difficulties may even remain unresolved from childhood for example poor reading comprehension.

Language difficulties can have a significant emotional and financial impact on the individual. If a person is suspected of having difficulty in using or understanding language they should be referred to a Speech Pathologist as soon as possible.

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