Language & Social Development
Language is not the same thing as speech, and includes vocabulary, grammar and sentence structure. Listening and language understanding begin at birth, typically come before a child is speaking, and continue to develop through the school years. Hearing acuity is different from receptive language or auditory processing and should always be screened in conjunction with testing or treatment.
There are many ways that a child can express thoughts, feelings, and ideas to others. Children typically move from using “preverbal means” such as gesturing, showing or pulling a parent along by the hand to using single words. When a child begins to use single words, he is showing that he knows the word can represent his thought or idea. Children then learn to then express two-word combinations, basic sentences, and complex sentences. However many children experience difficulty in using language to express themselves. Additionally, some children may not have mastered the rules for social language, in spite of having long, complex sentences with correct grammar.
If you have concerns for your child’s language, this brief list may help: