Receptive Language Assessment
Dr. Smith explains how the presence of receptive language can be easily over estimated by parents, who may not recognize the many situational cues and/or routines that aid a child's understanding and ability to complete a task. Given these cues, it is important to ask parents for examples of the child's ability to follow novel, purely verbal commands in order to accurately gauge a child's receptive language ability.
" ..an impairment in receptive language is a major component of autism. But these impairments can be difficult to detect because the child can use many cues other than language to interpret a request."
— Christopher Smith, PhD