Receptive language disorders fall under the umbrella diagnosis of specific language impairment (SLI). According to Bilinguistics “SLI is an impairment of either receptive (language comprehension) language impairment and/ or expressive (language expression), not caused by any other underlying condition, that affects an individual’s underlying abilities in the areas of vocabulary, morphology (word structure) or syntax (sentence structure).
“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 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).”