Saadiqa asks:

Is it possible for a toddler with developmental delays to display receptive language consistent w/skills in 18-20 mos. to 4mos. later range 27-28mos.?

Member Added on Sep 27, 2011
I was asking is it possible for a toddler to have a 10 month increase in receptive language in a 4 months time span. My son had an assessment done, which indicated that his receptive language skills were consistent with skills in 18-20 month age range at the age of 24 months. Then 4 months later he had another assesment done which stated that his receptive language skills were consistent with skills in the 27-28 month range.  I was wondering if I should have another opinion from a different therapist. That seems kind of odd that a child can in 4 months have a 10 month increase.  
In Topics: Learning issues and special needs, Speech and language issues
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Sep 22, 2011
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What the Expert Says:

Hello and thank you for writing to JustAsk!

I am not absolutely sure I am comprehending your question correctly, but I believe you are asking if a child with developmental delays can display a wide range for language skills. The answer is yes.  It is not unusual for receptive skills to be developed and therefore "test higher" than expressive skills.  There are a variety of reasons, and without knowing details I cannot answer why.

Please feel free to go to the Association for Speech and Hearing website for more language based resources.

Good luck!

Louise Sattler, Psychologist

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