What is Language?
Language refers to a child’s expressive language, receptive language and their social skills.
Receptive Language: A child’s ability to understand what people say (eg: following of instructions, questions, sentences & stories)
Expressive Language: A child’s use of language (eg: vocabulary, grammar, making up sentences)
Pragmatics (Social Skills): A child’s ability to use their language socially (eg: turn taking, greetings, feelings).
Why is Language so important?
Language skills are important for a child’s social and emotional development. When your child starts school, the teacher will use oral & written language to convey information. This means your child will need to understand what the teacher is saying and communicate with their peers. Reading, spelling and even maths rely heavily on a child’s ability to understand and use their language!
Children use language to:
Participate in the classroom
Interact with peers and make friends
Use their imagination
Make decisions about personal/social issues