What's the difference between
speech and language?
Pragmatic language is how a child understands unwritten or "hidden" rules about social interactions. For example, how to be kind to friends, how to share, how to start and end a conversation, how to maintain eye contact, and many more.
For example, does your child understand new words?
For example, does your child understand the main idea of a story?
For example, does your child understand "on" versus "in" and other location words?
understanding the "wh-questions"
For example, "who," "what," "when," and "where" are the first question words children begin to
understand. Understanding "why" and "how" can be more difficult.
Receptive language is how a child understands what he or she is reading or hearing. Receptive language usually develops earlier than expressive language. It includes:
For example, how many words your child uses and if they are using new words accurately.
For example, "Went Jane to the store" instead of "Jane went to the store."
prefixes, suffixes, and roots
For example, "jump" + "ed" = jumped
sequencing and organization
For example, when your child tells a story, are the events in the right order?
As a child gets older and begins to write, these issues be seen in their writing as well.
Expressive language is how a child expresses his or her ideas when speaking and writing. This includes:
The term "language" refers to how a child express his or her ideas and how he or she understands the world around them. There are three categories of language: expressive language, receptive language, and pragmatic language.