Speech Pathology Language Disorders

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, and understandability.

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 language disorders.


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