Terminology

Unfamiliar terms and words often appear in reports on assessments and in conversations with professionals. Parents may be unsure of their meaning and the implications they have for their child – here are some of the words/phrases you may encounter.

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Receptive language
This is a term used to describe what spoken language a child can understand. It may, at times, also be assessed separately as the sign language a child can understand. This assessment tries to gauge how much a child can understand without the subtle clues of everyday life that provide ‘situation understanding’, such as when the speaker points with his eyes, moves his head towards the object asked for, or holds a bag and car keys whilst telling the child to get her shoes. These cues can hide some of the difficulties a child may be having in understanding language.


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