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Receptive Language Skills

What is receptive (understanding) language?

Receptive language - the understanding of language - is the ability to understand words and language. It involves gaining information and meaning from:


1. Routine (e.g. i have finished getting dressed so now it is time to eat breakfast);


2.  Visual Information (e.g. a red light means stop);

3. Sounds (e.g. a siren means an ambulance is driving nearby);

4. Words (e.g. the word basketball means something round that we bounce);

5. Concepts (e.g. shapes, colors, time, plural, tense, etc);

6. Written information (e.g. signs such as Do Not Cross) and stories).


Receptive (understanding) language includes:

  • Following instructions

  • Understanding concepts

  • Understanding grammatical elements

  • Understanding sentence structure

  • Understanding questions

  • Understanding stories and written.   ​​

What type of therapy is recommended for receptive language difficulties?


Diagnosis alone is NOT the solution. It simply opens the door to getting the help that is needed by arming all involved with the relevant information. 

If your child has difficulties with articulation, it is recommended they consult a Speech Language Pathologist to receive an evaluation to see if they require therapeutic intervention.

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