What Are Limited Receptive Communication Skills?

By Jamie Peacock
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Communication is how we express information. This is done in a variety of ways, from hand gestures to verbally speaking. People begin to communicate from birth, through crying. This continues to develop through facial expressions and gestures, until most people begin speaking. Some children have difficulties with speaking and understanding communication.

What are Limited Receptive Communication Skills?

Communication is when a message is sent from one person to another. Receptive communication is how the person receives and processes the message that was sent. When a person is having difficulty understanding or receiving the message, she has limited receptive communication skills. She may have difficulty understanding individual words, phrases, information from the sentence, a question, instructions or descriptions. This is classified as a communication difficulty.

What Causes Limited Receptive Communication Skills?

The most common cause of limited receptive communication skills is difficulty hearing. When a child is struggling to hear, he will not be able to fully break down your message. Another cause is impaired eyesight. Since humans rely on facial expressions and hand gestures for communication, a child may struggle to get all of the visual components of communication. Other causes of limited receptive communication skills involve intellectual disabilities, brain injuries and autism.

Communicating with a Limited Receptive Child

Figuring out how to communicate with a child who has limited receptive communication skills can be a struggle for some parents and educators. Make sure that your child knows you are present and trying to communicate. If hearing problems are the cause of the limited receptive communication, you may need to communicate through sign language. If the issue is visual, you will need to say more through speech so that your child understands exactly what you're trying to get across. Your child may need to work with a speech pathologist or therapist to assist with the communication problems.

What Can You Do?

If you suspect your child may have a communication difficulty, the first thing to do is get his hearing checked, especially if he's had a lot of ear infections. Your pediatrician will run through other tests if this isn't the case. Most children are screened for autism at their well baby check-ups between 18 and 36 months. If your child hasn't been screened and you suspect autism, ask for a screening.

About the Author

Jamie Peacock began writing in 2009 for various blogs and Shakespeare Squared. She is an expert in travel, public health and shopping. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Southern New Hampshire University and a Masters of Education from the University of North Dakota.