Sensory · Receptive Language Disorder

Receptive Language Disorder · Profile

What is it?

Receptive language disorder means the student has difficulties with understanding what is said to them.

What causes it?

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.

Medical Considerations

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:

Further Information

Speech Pathology Australia

Receptive Language Disorder · Educational

Lesson Preparation & Materials

Teaching Strategies

Feedback & Assessment

Receptive Language Disorder · Pastoral

Classroom Management

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