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What is Expressive Language Disorder?

  • Utilizing vague terms such as thing or stuff
  • Possessing a limited vocabulary
  • Forming simple sentences or using brief phrases
  • Using words incorrectly
  • Omitting certain words

Many individuals with expressive language disorder may actively avoid engaging in conversations altogether. This avoidance can stem from feelings of frustration or concerns about being judged by others. As a result, they may choose to isolate themselves and refrain from socializing or interacting with peers or colleagues. Consequently, they may appear distant or withdrawn in social settings.

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How Can Parents Help with Expressive Language Disorder

Our Expressive Language Disorder Treatment

Treatment approaches may vary depending on the severity of the disorder and can include:

  • Speech-language pathologist offer both individual and group speech therapy sessions.
  • School-based language interventions, such as regular sessions with a district Speech Language Pathologist.
  • Support from specialized school staff, such as education assistants who provide one-on-one assistance to help students express their understanding of learned material.
  • Private tutoring.
  • Assistive technology, such as speech apps on devices like iPads.
  • Home-based programs overseen by a speech pathologist.
  • Counseling to address emotional regulation issues that may arise from communication differences.

Parent strategies to Expressive Language Disorder

  • When communicating with your child, use short and concise sentences (about three to four words per statement: “You Hungry?” instead of Ready to eat some sandwiches for lunch? Longer sentences can be introduced later on!
  • Make sure to speak at a relaxed pace as the child might need more time to fully understand what you’re saying.
  • It is not necessary for the child to make eye contact while you are talking to them. A quick look at your face should be enough, especially considering how active and curious toddlers are at this age.
  • When asked a comprehension question, a child might give a brief or automatic response in order to move on to their desired activity.
  • Set aside some time for unstructured play with your child. Instead of leading the way, let them take charge and choose which toys to play with. Just go along with their ideas and see where their imagination takes them.
  • During playtime, it’s best to make observations instead of asking questions to prompt a response. Comment on things happening around you like the color of a truck, a car passing by, or a specific part of a vehicle without expecting answers. This way, children can freely enjoy their play without feeling like they are being taught.
  • Demonstrate verbally how to analyze objects: Look at your large, blue truck! Impressive! Mine is tiny. I own a small, yellow truck.
  • Demonstrate problem-solving skills by vocalizing the process repeatedly: Uh-oh! The wheel fell off my truck. Let me see… How can I repair this? {examining the entire truck as I think….} I’ll need a way to secure the wheel back on. Using glue might hinder the wheel from turning.
  • Encourage moments of peaceful play for your child to express themselves freely, whether through words or silence. Take advantage of this time to simply listen to what your child has to say, whether it be to you or their toys.

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