Language, in relation to communication, can be broken down into four specific areas: Verbal Expression and Written Expression (Expressive Language); Auditory Comprehension and Reading Comprehension (Receptive Language).
Expressive Language is the language we use to share ideas and to get what we want by translating thoughts into speech. This can be done through talking or writing. Difficulties in this area include struggles with using grammatically correct language, limited vocabulary, and/or difficulty recalling words or producing sentences with developmentally appropriate length or complexity.
Receptive Language is understanding information in the form of both spoken language and written (reading comprehension). Individuals with difficulty in this area may have trouble with keeping up with conversations, following directions, and learning new information.