Receptive language is what your child understands. It is an important part of early language development and is often forgotten. Some examples of early receptive language skills include following 1-2 step directions, identifying objects/pictures, recognizing actions in pictures/verbs in play, and identifying body parts/clothing. Below is a list of receptive language milestones for children ages 0-12 months (information taken from The Early Intervention Kit, LinguiSystems).
• Quiets to a familiar voice
• Moves in response to voice.
• Discriminates between angry and friendly voices
• Begins to recognize own name
• Responds to “no”
• Smiles in response to speech
• Responds to “no” most of the time
• Moves toward or looks for family members when named
• Responds to “come here” (if your child is mobile)
• Responds to some verbal requests such as giving objects and gesturing when asked “Want up?”
• Identifies 2 body parts on self
• Participates in speech routine games, such as “So Big”