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Language

  •  Language is the ability to understand what others say (receptive) and the ability to express thoughts, ideas, and feelings to others (expressive). At school, children need to be able to understand what others say in order to gain new knowledge, follow directions, learn to read, and problem solve among many other important skills. They also need to be able to express what they know to help others determine that they understand what is being taught within the classroom. Properly developed language skills also is key in participating in activities and forming friendships with other peers. The following is a link to a guide that is useful for learning about common developmental milestones and school expectations for school aged children related to language. It outlines child communication development from kindergarten through fifth grade. 
  • The next link provides additional links to further discuss typical speech and language development. It includes links to address the difference between language and speech, importance of reading and writing development, impact of social communication and interaction, what you should expect when learning more than one language, and the difference between a language delay and a language disorder.