Receptive language disorder means the student has difficulties with understanding what is said to them.
The cause of receptive language disorder is often unknown but a number of factors have been cited as contributing factors. These include the student’s genetic influence, language exposure and general cognitive capability. Receptive language difficulties may be associated with other conditions such as Down Syndrome, Expressive Language Disorder or autism.
Receptive Language Disorder is thought to affect 5% of student in some form.
Symptoms may include not appearing to listen when addressed, inability to follow instructions and repeating words which are spoken to them. Diagnosis may be done by an audiologist, speech pathologist or neurologist.
Students child may have problems with:
Treatment options may include:
Broken tasks down into smaller, manageable steps?
Included word banks, glossaries and highlighted key terms?
Incorporated graphic outlines into written materials?
Provided a quiet study area within the classroom?
Discussed successful strategies with the Learning Support Team?