Understanding Expressive Language Disorder in Children

Expressive Language

Expressive language disorder is a communication disorder that affects a child’s ability to use language to express themselves. Children with expressive language disorders have difficulty putting their thoughts and ideas into words. They may also have trouble using grammar correctly or understanding the nuances of language.

What are the symptoms of an expressive language disorder/delay?

There are many signs and symptoms of a expressive language disorder/delay, but some of the most common include:

  • Limited vocabulary
  • Short sentences
  • Difficulty finding the right words
  • Grammatical errors
  • Trouble telling stories
  • Difficulty following conversations
  • Avoiding social situations

How is it diagnosed?

Expressive language disorder is diagnosed by a speech-language pathologist. The speech-language pathologist will conduct a comprehensive evaluation that includes tests of the child’s vocabulary, grammar, and communication skills.

How is it treated?

The most effective treatment for expressive language disorder is speech-language therapy. Speech-language therapy can help children improve their vocabulary, grammar, and communication skills. It can also help children develop strategies for coping with their communication difficulties.

What can parents do to help?

There are many things that parents can do to help their child with expressive language disorder/delay. Some of the most important things include:

  • Talking to their child often
  • Reading to their child every day
  • Singing songs and playing games with their child
  • Encouraging their child to participate in social activities
  • Working with their child’s speech-language pathologist

With early intervention and treatment, children with expressive language disorder can learn to communicate effectively and reach their full potential.

To determine what your child struggles with and how to help them, please contact us to schedule an appointment. 281-766-3831