Listening is the ability to accurately perceive, process, and respond to sounds. Problems with listening are often part of other perceptual, motor, attention and learning difficulties that affect a large number of children and adults with sensory processing problems.”

On receptive language disorders, Bilinguistics of Austin, TX stated, “when a child has receptive language disorder, he or she exhibits significant deficits in the level of development of comprehension of language.  These deficits affect how the child functions socially or academically.

Children with a receptive language disorder can have difficulty with any of the following:

  • Understanding what gestures mean
  • Following directions
  • Understanding questions
  • Identifying objects and pictures
  • Taking turns when talking with others
  • Understanding the order of words in a sentence
  • Understanding plurals and verb tenses
  • Understanding age-appropriate vocabulary and knowledge about objects and sequence of events
  • Knowledge of the goals or functions of language (e.g. to obtain a desired object, tell a story, ask questions, comment)
  • Knowledge of how to use language to achieve goals (e.g. appropriately using language to get a desired object, )
  • Carrying out cooperative conversations (e.g. perspective-taking and turn-taking)

Children with receptive language problems can have great difficulty understanding what is said to them.  Most children with a receptive language disorder will also have an expressive language disorder (difficulty using language to express ideas).”

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