Improved Receptive Communication

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What to expect

Improved Receptive Communication

Speech and language therapy will help to support and overcome speech, language and communication problems. When working with individuals who have receptive communication problems, our speech and language therapists will work on increasing their understanding of the information around them.

What is receptive communication?

Receptive communication (understanding) is the ability to understand the information around us, this can be in many forms of communication including spoken, written and non-verbal (body language and gesture).

How can a receptive communication problem impact on an individual's life?

An individual with a receptive communication problem will have difficulty in understanding the information around them. A receptive communication problem can range from mild to severe and this will differ for each individual. A receptive communication problem can impact on an individual's life in many different ways and may affect their learning, social life and carrying out everyday tasks. A receptive communication problem may also affect the individual's families and friends and the individual's ability to effectively communicate with them. A receptive communication problem may cause the individual to have low self-esteem and lack confidence when communicating.

How can speech and language therapy improve receptive communication?

Speech and language therapy will work on increasing the understanding of individuals with receptive communication problems. Speech and language therapy will also maximise an individual's ability to communicate effectively. Our speech and language therapists will improve an individual's understanding in variety of ways which will depend on the severity of the individual's problem and also the underlying cause of their receptive communication problem. The speech and language therapist will aim to improve receptive communication through:

  • Written communication
  • Drawing
  • Gesture and body language
  • Spoken language
  • Alternative and Augmentative communication.
  • Visual aids
  • Total communication approach.

What are the benefits of improving receptive communication?

There are many benefits of improving receptive communication. The main benefit of speech and language therapy is helping the individual to become a more effective communicator. Other benefits include:

  • Allowing the individual to understand instructions, and what others are trying to communicate to them.
  • Effectively communicating with others around them.
  • Emotional benefits e.g. increasing self-esteem and self-confidence about communicating.
  • Participation in everyday tasks requiring communication.
  • Increasing their ability to read and understand written instructions.
  • Increasing the individual's ability to participate in social activities.
  • Improving their quality of life.
  • Helping them to access their educational and work environments to their full potential.

Our speech and language therapists will work with both adults and children with receptive communication problems. The main goal of speech and language therapy is to maximise the individual's ability to communicate.

How do I book an appointment with a speech and language therapist?

If you would like to book an appointment with one of our speech and language therapists then please contact us by emailing or calling 0330 0885 643.

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To speak to a Speech and Language Therapist or to book an appointment, call us on 0161 883 0111 or email


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