The signs are different, depending on the type of language disorder and the age of the person. The signs start in early childhood and continue into adulthood.
Signs of expressive language disorder can show up very early. Kids are often late to talk and use very few words once they start. As they get older, they may often use vague words like stuff and thing. Or they may use words incorrectly.
Signs of receptive language disorder typically appear a little later. Kids may not respond to what others say — or they may respond in ways that are off-topic. As they get older, they may misunderstand what people say and take things the wrong way.
For both of these language disorders, a common sign is lack of interaction. Kids and adults may avoid talking with people or being in a social setting. Learn more about: