What are Language Difficulties
Language delay/disorder is a term used to cover difficulties that some children have with their language development. This may affect their expressive language (use of language), and/or their receptive language (understanding). Language difficulties can affect a range of areas including their understanding, their ability to form sentences, their use of grammar, telling stories/narratives. A variety of other terms are also used to describe language delay/disorder including Developmental Language Disorder (DLD).
Children show patterns of errors in their language. These might be patterns which are observed in typically developing younger children or non-developmental patterns. The terms ‘delay’ and ‘disorder’ may be used to describe these different patterns, but these terms are also used interchangeably.