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Mixed Receptive Expressive Language Disorder

(Also Known As: Communication Disorder, Language Impairment, Receptive Expressive Language Disorder, Expressive Language Disorder, Speech And Language Delay)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

What is Mixed Receptive Expressive Language Disorder?

Mixed receptive expressive language disorder is a communication disorder where there is impairment on the receptive and expressive areas of communication. The extent of the language impairment on both the comprehension and expression areas of language varies from mild to severe. The areas of impairment extend to both the comprehension of what is being told to a person and with the difficulty to express their self through language.

Mixed receptive expressive language disorder is a childhood disorder. 1 There are basically two types of this communication disorders:

  • Acquired mixed receptive expressive language disorder
    • There is direct damage to the brain resulting in language impairment and difficulty in speech, comprehension, and expression of language through communication. Usually occurs following a traumatic head injury or stroke. This language disorder can occur at any age.
  • Developmental mixed receptive expressive language disorder
    • This communication disorder has no known cause and usually appears during the time when the child begins learning to talk.

Individuals with mixed receptive expressive language disorder will relatively obtain a very low score when undergoing the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale on comprehension, vocabulary and information areas and usually score below 25th percentile. 2

The child with mixed receptive expressive language disorder usually has general problems with both their speech and understanding of words or sentences. Their areas of disability are on the receptive language and language expression.

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