Diagnosing language disorders

Diagnosing language disorders

A language disorder is often based on standardized assessment instruments of the following.

  • Receptive language
  • Expressive language
  • Language memory
  • Language content
  • Pragmatic language
  • Vocabulary knowledge

 

To qualify for services, children typically have to perform at least one standard deviation below the mean on a standardized measure of language.

Assessments vary based on the age of the child. For preschool children, observing play behaviors and interactions with parents and siblings provides valuable information about the child’s cognitive, social, and interactive development.