Mixed receptive-expressive language disorder is characterized by a child’s difficulty in speaking and understanding other people. As the name suggests this disorder is a mixture of two conditions, i.e. Receptive and expressive language disorders. In receptive language disorder children have problems in receiving and understanding the messages or things said by others while in case of Expressive disorder children are unable to express themselves or make their messages understand to others. So in Mixed receptive-expressive disorder a child is neither able to understand the things others say to him/her nor are they able to make others understand their messages or information. In this article you will get all the information about Mixed receptive expressive language disorder and its Ayurvedic management and treatment.
There are two different language skills which help us understand what other people say and make us understand what other people want to say. These skills are expressive and receptive. Receptive language skills deal with the ability to understand speech acts, sentences and words while expressive language skills deal with ability to produce the speech which is understandable to others. When a child has receptive language disorder, he/she has difficulty in perceiving or understanding what the other person wants to say. This is reflected in signs like a child seems confused, in the classroom they are showing lack of understanding, cannot follow the instructions given to them verbally, cannot get along with others and struggle in everything that includes direct speech conversations. Such children have a hard time with complex sentences and rely a lot on facial expressions of the other person.
While in case of expressive language disorder, children find it very difficult to express themselves. Such children speak inappropriate vocabulary with incorrect grammar and may produce incoherent utterances. Their speech lacks cohesiveness, contains false starts and usually rely on simple messages rather than conversations that include complex levels of thoughts and language reasoning.
Hence, the child having Mixed receptive-expressive language disorder contains both the types and all the characteristics mentioned. They are neither able to understand what others want to say easily nor can they convey themselves properly.
As per Ayurveda, the language disorders are caused due to the vitiation of Vata dosha predominantly. Vata dosha is responsible for the language and speech and any imbalance in it causes hindrance in speech leading to language disorders.
Mixed Receptive-Expressive language disorders are of two types:
- Developmental mixed receptive-expressive disorder- This type develops when a child is learning to talk. Exact cause of it is not known and if therapy or treatment is started at the initial stage of symptoms, best results can be obtained.
- Acquired mixed receptive-expressive disorder- It is the type of disorder which develops due to the injury to the brain. Its recovery depends on the brain areas that have been affected and also on the severity of the damage. However the therapy and right choice of treatment can help in recovering a lot.
Signs & Symptoms
The signs and symptoms of Mixed Receptive-Expressive language disorder:
- According to the age of the child the speech is limited
- Cannot follow the directions
- Repeats phrases or words
- Difficulty in giving response to reasoning and logical questions
- Person’s response to yes/no questions is inappropriate
- Difficulties in academic work and learning
- Problem in understanding even simple questions
- Child is unable to name the objects
Usually the exact cause behind this type of language disorder is not known. However, as already mentioned when it is a case of developmental receptive-expressive language disorder, the cause is injury to the brain, or certain developmental delay.
To diagnose the Mixed receptive-expressive language disorder a comprehensive assessment is done to identify the type of disorder and delay. This assessment includes the parent’s or caregiver’s interview in regards to the medical history of child and certain play techniques to judge the understanding of language of child in several standardized tests and natural environment. These tests will help in determining the severity of the language disorder of language in children.
A certain type of therapy is given as a treatment of language disorder as per the results of assessment of the child which will indicate the severity of the disorder. This therapy will include particular games, books and play which will help a child to learn the components of language.
Ayurvedic Treatment of Mixed Receptive Expressive Language Disorder
As the cause is vitiation or imbalance of the Vata dosha for language disorder as per the Ayurveda, the treatment aims at restoring the balance of Vata dosha. This is done with the help of herbal and other natural compound remedies which possess natural therapeutic qualities.
Herbal Remedies for Mixed Receptive Expressive Language Disorder by Planet Ayurveda
The renowned herbal pharmaceutical, Planet Ayurveda deals in the production of herbal remedies and their further prescription to the patients as per the ailment by the experienced Ayurvedic doctors. For Mixed receptive-expressive language disorder, Planet Ayurveda offers a combination of herbal remedies.
- Medhya Churna
- Neurogiene Capsules
- Brahmi Ghrit
1. Medhya Churna
Different therapeutic herbs like Vacha (Acorus calamus), Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Ajmoda (Carum roxburghianum), Pippali (Piper longum), Marich (Piper nigrum), Patha (Cissampelos pareira), Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri), Sonth (Zingiber officinale), Shankhpushpi (Convolvulus pluricaulis) etc are used in preparation of this herbal churna. Medhya churna helps in enhancing the functions of the brain, boosts concentration and memory.
Dosage– 1/4 teaspoon once daily with 1 spoon of Cow Ghee (Clarified Butter).
2. Neurogenie Capsule
Neurogiene capsules are prepared using two medicinal herbs, i.e. Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri) and Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera). This herbal formulation helps in treating neurological ailments and enhance the functioning of the brain.
Dosage- Take 1 capsule twice daily after meals with plain water.
3. Brahmi Ghrit
It is an Ayurvedic formulation in the form of ghee that is prepared using the Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri) herb majorly. Brahmi ghrita helps in improving the functioning of the brain and enhances the understanding and coordination. It also helps in boosting the concentration, focus and memory of the child.
Dosage- Take ½ teaspoon of the formulation twice daily with water.
It is a herbal formulation prepared using most potent Medhya rasayanas. Herbs like Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri), Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Giloy (Tinospora cordifolia), Nirgundi (Vitex negundo) etc. are used in its formulation. Saraswatarisht helps in enhancing the intelligence and cognitive function which eventually helps in treating language disorders.
Dosage- Take 1 teaspoon twice daily after meals with plain water.
Language disorders can be challenging for children as well as parents but with the correct choice of medicine and therapy your child can recover. In case of any query kindly visit www.planetayurveda.com