Language & Learning
Language comprehension or receptive language refers to the understanding of a spoken or written message, including increasingly complex instructions, sentences and vocabulary. Expressive language refers to the ability to convey a spoken or written message; including the use and variety of appropriate vocabulary, grammar and sentence structure.
• Struggles to follow long instructions
• Difficulty understanding school work
• Struggles to complete work independently
• Relies on demonstrations
• May be easily distracted or day-dream
• Misinterprets information or questions
• Confuses basic concepts (eg. first/last, more/less)
• Poor concentration and/or attention
• Difficulty answering questions or responding to comments
• Difficulty expressing thoughts or ideas clearly and succinctly
• Has trouble finding the right words
• Tends to use short and/or simple sentences
• Very brief or incomplete written work
• Poor grammar or leaves off word endings
• Uses non-specific language (eg. thingy, stuff)
• Has difficulty formulating questions, or initiating conversation
• Struggles to tell a story clearly
The table below outlines the receptive language expectations of your child.
Years K to 2
Years 3 to 6
The table below outlines the expressive language expectations of your child.