Parent Information

Working with families.

How well does your child talk?

  • Do people outside your family usually understand your child’s speech?
  • Are your child’s expressive skills at the same level as his or her peers?
  • Can your child communicate thoughts, feeling and experiences? Does your child speak easily with repetition of syllable or words (i.e., stuttering)?
  • Does your child hear you but at times not grasp or understand what you have said?
  • Does your child have difficulty following directions from you or others?
  • Does your child’s voice sound clear with an age appropriate pitch like other children?
  • Are language problems causing your child to have academic problems in school?

How well your child talks and communicates is extremely important for his or her future success and happiness. These skills are so powerful and influence the total growth and development of your child.

Characteristics of Children with Receptive Language Problems

  • Difficulty following directions
  • Difficulty understanding the point of a discussion
  • Difficulty listening to and understanding stories
  • Poor conversational skills; turn-taking nature of communication is challenged
  • Limited vocabulary and understanding of concepts
  • Watch others to ensure they are doing the right thing

Characteristic of Children with Expressive Language Problems

  • Poor grammar, such as problems with pronouns she, he, her, him, his
  • Difficulty asking and answering questions
  • Cannot find the precise words to explain and describe
  • Describes using vague language
  • Poor vocabulary