Multi-Component Receptive Language Vocabulary

Level 2: Receptive Language

Just because your kiddos are verbal doesn’t mean you can push receptive skill building to the side. We run into a very common misconception – just because our kids can talk doesn’t mean they can understand everything we say. Receptive language skills can get complex very quickly! You need to make sure your kids are up to speed with those more challenging receptive language concepts. Targeting the concepts directly will ensure that your students receptive language keeps up with their busy mouths!

Your students at this level have likely mastered the basics. They can follow one step directions and locate common objects. Now it’s time to make it more challenging. It’s time to add multi-components to your receptive language commands. Yes, your student can hand you the pencil when you ask them but can they hand you the blue pencil with the green eraser? Adding in these details requires much more attention from your students. They need to work on discriminating and listening and comprehending each detail we throw at them.

How do I target this skill?

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How do I take data on this skill?


{check out this data sheet in Discrete Trial Data Set 3}

What are fun ways to target this skill?

One of my favorite ways to work on this skill is with What’s Bugging You? Shapes & Sizes.

Don’t fall into the my-kid-can-talk-so-I-don’t-need-to-work-on-receptive-language pitfall. Get working on those receptive language skills and make them hard!

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  1. I love this idea! I have limited space and laminating supplies, so I plan on making this activity part of an interactive game on my smart board. I like that it has so many possibilities. Thanks!

  2. Thanks for reading!

  3. Hi Sasha! Love the “Find the” cards, are they in the TPT site? Thanks!

  4. Hi Sasha, very informative!

    I was wondering if you could have one for a five step instruction, I am having trouble forming these instructions that could help with transitions during school.


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