Mixed receptive-expressive language disorder

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Mixed receptive-expressive language disorder
Classification and external resources
ICD-9-CM 315.32

Mixed receptive-expressive language disorder (DSM-IV 315.32)[1] is a communication disorder in which both the receptive and expressive areas of communication may be affected in any degree, from mild to severe.[2]

If assessed on the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale, for instance, symptoms may show as relatively low scores for Information, Vocabulary and Comprehension (perhaps below the 25th percentile). If a person has difficulty with spatial concepts, such as 'over', 'under', 'here' and 'there', they may have difficulties with arithmetic, understanding word problems and instructions, or difficulties using words.

They may also have a more general problem with words or sentences, both comprehension and orally.

If suspected of having a mixed receptive-expressive language disorder, treatment is available from a speech therapist or pathologist. Most treatments are short term, and rely upon accommodations made within the environment, in order to minimise interfering with work or school.

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