Receptive and Expressive Language

Receptive language refers to how an individual understands language. Expressive language refers to how an individual uses words to express themselves.

Our overarching goal is to help children and adults feel successful when they interact with others.

What is Receptive and Expressive Language?

When a family is concerned about their child’s communication development, a consultation with a speech–language pathologist is recommended. Please see our developmental milestone resources.

The Process


A speech-language pathologist will collect information about medical history, developmental milestones, and your current receptive and expressive concerns. Standardized measures and language samples may also be used to determine present levels of expressive and receptive language. Results will be discussed at the end of the evaluation.


We view the acquisition of expressive and receptive skills as a developmental continuum with the role of the therapist as a guide, utilizing evidence-based practices. As a client continues to increase skills, a therapist can foresee moves that need to be made along the continuum of expressive and receptive language, as a child acquires abilities that lead to the eventual mastery of goals. 

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If you have questions about speech-language symptoms, please contact us today to speak directly with a speech-language pathologist for guidance.

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Newborns with congenital problems may have communication-related needs from birth, and a speech-language pathologist (SLP) is part of a neonatal multidisciplinary team. We often work with infants and toddlers at an early age (12-24 months) in areas such as swallowing and feeding, hearing and listening, oral-motor and speech, and attention and socialization.
You don’t necessarily know for sure. A speech-language pathologist can help you answer this question. Some indicators that might lead you to seek a consultation or screening are:
  • The child’s skills are immature compared to others in his playgroup or preschool.
  • Family members or friends alert you to differences that they observe.
  • The child’s developmental pattern is unusual compared to others his age.
  • There is a family history of speech, language, or learning problems.
  • There have been health issues, such as ear infections, which can impact communication.
A fully qualified speech-language pathologist must have a master’s degree from an accredited program, maintain a California speech pathology license, and hold a certificate of clinical competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. All of our staff also have experience and advanced training in specialty areas.

Peninsula Associates has several talented clinicians with different specializations. Our director of operations will identify which speech-language pathologist is available and appropriate for a new client. Most clients are seen 2-4 weeks after the paperwork has been completed. There is sometimes a waiting period if a new children’s group is being formed, but we may see the new child individually in the interim.