Mixed Receptive Expressive Language Disorder Diagnosis

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

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

How is Mixed Receptive Expressive Language Disorder Diagnosed?

The diagnosis for mixed receptive expressive language disorder can be made through the guidelines from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder Fourth Edition (DSM-IV) as follows: 3

  1. The score obtained from the standardized battery of tests individually administered for both the expressive and receptive language development are significantly below those obtained from the non-verbal intellectual capacity standard measures. The symptoms are the same as those manifested from Expressive Language Disorder where there is a difficulty in understanding words, specific types of words, sentences, and spatial terms.
  2. The difficulties with receptive and expressive language usually interfere with the person’s achievement in academic, occupation, and with social communication.
  3. The criteria for Pervasive Development Disorder are not met.
  4. In the presence of mental retardation with environmental deprivation and both motor and sensory speech deficits the language problem is worse than one would expect. 4

The condition of mixed receptive expressive language disorder is usually diagnosed in children who have been observed by teachers or parents who expressed concern on the delayed development of speech communication. Most physicians want to rule out probable medical problems such as hearing loss through physical examination. Diagnostic conclusion for mixed receptive expressive language disorder should ensure that the child not only have communication difficulty in expressing but also has difficulty in understanding speech as well.

To determine the extent of the child’s ability to understand examiners will usually administer both verbal and non verbal tests in order to diagnose the extent of the child’s condition as accurately as possible.

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