A speech-language pathologist (SLP) evaluates your child during
a joint Hearing and Speech evaluation. The SLP will test your child
for receptive, expressive, and pragmatic language.
What are expressive language skills?
Expressive language skills are language skills that involve
speaking. Problems with expressive language involve the use of
words, sentence structure, carrying on a conversation with others,
What are pragmatic language skills?
Pragmatic language skills are language skills that involve
saying things in a socially correct way. Problems with pragmatic
language can also involve literal meanings for words, lack of eye
contact, and inappropriate body language.
What are receptive language skills?
Receptive language skills are language skills that involve
listening and understanding spoken language. Problems with
receptive language involve words, sentences, paragraphs and text
understanding. Children who have trouble recalling directions or
learning how words related to each other in meaning may have
receptive language difficulties.
How are Language Disorders treated?
After testing, if your child is diagnosed with a language
disorder, your speech pathologist will provide you with information
about the condition and speech pathology choices at CMH, in the
community or in school.
The Kreamer Family Resource Center at CMH can help families with web-based resources about