Language Development: Milestones made simple: Receptive Language

Updated: Mar 8

When interviewing parents of toddlers, I still find it tricky to get reliable answers about their little ones receptive language skills? Why? Because we are focusing on how the child responds to language- without use of gestures, across a variety of contexts. There are natural distractions like TVs, iPhones, family members, that can borrow the attention of young ones, even if it’s on in the background or in a nearby room.


Speech therapists use a combination of evaluation techniques such as parent interview, play and language observation, standardized tests, and play based dyanmic assessments in order to determine vocabulary the child is familiar with, how many step directions he/she can follow, and how well he/she demonstrates understanding of age appropriate concepts.



it is important to note that ability to attend to shared tasks, to shift attention between objects and people, and the child's interest in socializing can affect ones ability to demonstrate understanding of spoken word and gesture.

if you have questions about your child’s language development, receptive or expressive, please reach out to us so we can direct you to the best resources for your little one. Research proves that early identification and intervention is most effective at producing long term success.


TYPICAL RECEPTIVE LANGUAGE SKILLS BY AGE (AMERICAN SPEECH & HEARING ASSOCIATION):

*This is not a complete list of receptive language skills. Children may develope at slighty different paces, it is recommended that you and specialists keep in mind the whole child, and their needs, before making goals and recommendations for therapy.


4 MONTHS TO 1 YEAR


1 YEAR - 2 YEARS



2 YEARS - 3 YEARS


3 YEARS - 4 YEARS




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