Receptive language is understanding. This includes the ability to understand the words you hear or read. Some common features of receptive language difficulties include: difficulty following instruction, difficulty understanding complex sentences, answering questions, and repeating back what is said to them. Difficulties with receptive language can sometimes lead to behaviour difficulties and frustration.
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Expressive language means talking. This includes the ability to form sentences using the correct vocabulary and grammar. Some symptoms of expressive language difficulty include using short sentences for a child’s age, not combining words to form sentences, difficulties using correct grammar, limited vocabulary, and difficulties with retelling or writing a story. This may impact the ability to get a message across to others using spoken or written language.