Which of the following are examples of receptive language (understanding) versus expressive language?
Answer: 1-3 are examples of receptive language skills
4-6 are examples of expressive language skills
Receptive language includes understanding words and concepts. Expressive language includes using gestures, signs or words to communicate ideas. Early on, children typically understand more than they can express. Sometimes children appear to understand words and instructions but they may be relying on other cues (e.g., pointing, doing what everyone else is doing) or following familiar routines. Children with language difficulties often need MANY more meaningful exposures to a word before they understand it and can use it expressively. Understanding language is important for participating in conversations and for success in school.
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