Mixed receptive-expressive language disorder refers to deficits in both the ability to comprehend the language of others and the ability to express oneself following the conventions of language. A distinction is made between disorders of speech, which involve the motor aspects of communication, and language. Receptive-expressive language difficulties in children have been recognized since the mid-19th century, when the term congenital aphasia was first used. More recent diagnostic labels include late language emergence, developmental language disorder, specific language impairment, and language impairment (LI). Children with a language disorder have difficulty acquiring competency in their native language despite adequate exposure and stimulation, and in the absence of other sensory, emotional, medical, or neurological disorders. Individuals with this disorder have both expressive and receptive language abilities that ...

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