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).
‚Ä¢ Quiets to a familiar voice
‚Ä¢ Moves in response to voice.
‚Ä¢ Discriminates between angry and friendly voices
‚Ä¢ Begins to recognize own name
‚Ä¢ Responds to ‚Äúno‚Äù
‚Ä¢ Smiles in response to speech
‚Ä¢ Responds to ‚Äúno‚Äù most of the time
‚Ä¢ Moves toward or looks for family members when named
‚Ä¢ Responds to ‚Äúcome here‚Äù (if your child is mobile)
‚Ä¢ Responds to some verbal requests such as giving objects and gesturing when asked ‚ÄúWant up?‚Äù
‚Ä¢ Identifies 2 body parts on self
‚Ä¢ Participates in speech routine games, such as ‚ÄúSo Big‚Äù