Receptive Language

Does Your Child Struggle to Understand Words and Language?

Receptive language refers to your child’s ability to comprehend and process information through words and language. If your child has difficulties with understanding language and words, they may find it hard to follow instructions at home or within an educational setting.

A Growing Understanding works with children to build receptive language skills and help them communicate appropriately with peers and adults, understand questions, and respond appropriately.

Our individualised therapy programs include ongoing parent support and education, and are specifically designed to:

  • Tap into your child’s interests, skills, and challenges to develop appropriate goals and help them grow their confidence.
  • Use play and fun activities to build your child’s understanding of language concepts and how to engage in conversations and respond to questions appropriately.
  • Utilise visuals to help your child comprehend and recall instructions.
  • Implement First/Then strategy to help your child understand the order of their actions in response to a request e.g. “First put on your shoes, then get your jacket”.
  • Support parents and provide at-home and in-school activities to help your child attend and process instructions.
  • Celebrate your child’s success and encourage participation and verbal responses.

What to Look Out for with Receptive Language:

  • Does your child have difficulty with attending and listening to language?
  • Does your child struggle to pay attention during group time at school or preschool?
  • Does your child have trouble following instructions that other children the same age would be able to follow?
  • Does your child respond to questions by repeating what you asked, or by giving unusual answers?
  • Does your child find it difficult to listen to stories?

Remember, every child develops at their own pace, but if you are concerned, talk to us today. Our friendly team of experienced speech pathologists are here to guide you through your concern and help you take the best next step.