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Expressive language disorder - Better Health Channel

Expressive language disorder means a child has difficulty with verbal and written expression of language. The child may have problems with producing sentences, recall of words and vocabulary. The cause is often unknown, although it may be associated with other developmental difficulties such as Down syndrome, autism or hearing loss. A speech pathologist usually assesses and treats this impairment.



Receptive language disorder - Better Health Channel

Receptive language disorder means a child has difficulties understanding what is said to them. Other names for receptive language disorder include central auditory processing disorder and comprehension deficit. In most cases the child also has an expressive language disorder, which means they have trouble using spoken language. Hearing tests are required to make sure the problems aren't caused by hearing loss. Treatment options include speech–language therapy.



Speech pathologists - Better Health Channel

Speech pathologists work with people of all ages, including children, who have communication or swallowing difficulties. They often work in a multidisciplinary team of professionals to assess and treat people with a range of difficulties. These may include problems with speech, voice, using and understanding language, fluency, reading, writing, eating and drinking (dysphagia).



Hearing loss - lipreading - Better Health Channel

Lipreading or speechreading can help people who have lost part or all of their hearing to understand conversations going on around them. People use clues such as facial expressions and gestures, as well as lip movements, to interpret what people are saying. When speaking to a hearing impaired person, it is important that you face them, speak clearly and naturally, and don't cover your mouth.



Sign language - Auslan - Better Health Channel

Auslan is a sign language developed by Australian Deaf people to communicate with each other. It is a visual form of manual communication that combines hand shapes, facial expressions, gestures and movement of hands, arms or body to express the complexity and nuances of spoken language. There is no one universal sign language.



Hearing loss - workplace tips for managers - Better Health Channel

A person with hearing loss can be a productive employee, but workplaces may need to be adjusted. Other staff might need help to communicate with a colleague with hearing loss. Make sure the office is well-lit and always talk to a hearing-impaired person face to face. Professional advice is available from both government and community organisations. Flashing lights should be fitted to audible smoke or evacuation alarms.



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