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A child with a writing disability, particularly an expressive language disorder, might be unable to compose complete, grammatical sentences.
Receptive language problems rarely occur alone; usually they are accompanied by at least some degree of expressive language disorder. The condition often is misdiagnosed as attention problems, behavioral problems, or hearing problems.
These children are diagnosed with comorbid disabilities, including autism, ADHD/DD, anxiety, depression, epilepsy, receptive and expressive language disorders, Tourette Syndrome and obsessive compulsive disorder.
While definitions are somewhat different and numbers of cases are given rather than percentages, the number of expressive language disorders is greater than receptive cases, and overlap (i.e., combinations) appears common.