Language is all about how we understand and use words.
Language is made up of both receptive skills and expressive skills. Receptive language skills refer to how we store and understand words and sentences. Expressive language skills refer to how we use words and sentences. We use our language skills when we are choosing the best word for a situation, understanding the different meanings of a word, and putting words together to make a sentence. Language skills are especially important for social interaction.
Children who have language difficulties may be at risk for social and learning difficulties. Click here if you have any questions about how your child might be developing their language skills.
External links: Language
Essential Kids – Communication Skills and Classroom Behaviour
Raising Children Network – Bilingualism
Raising Children Network – Language Development (3-12 months)
Receptive and Expressive Language Development
Raising Children Network – The Journey of Language Development
The Conversation – Specific Language Impairment
Toddler Approved – Five Tips to Help Your Toddler Learn Language and Communicate