Speech Therapy for Kids



Expressive Language Problem

Expressive language
problem is characterized by the child having problem in expressing him/herself using speech. The child understands language better than she is able to communicate. The problem can be acquired (such as in the case of brain trauma) or developmental, which is more commonly seen in children.

Children with expressive language problem often do not talk much or often, although they generally understand language addressed to them. For example, a 2-year-old may be able to follow 2-step commands, but he/she cannot name body parts.

A 4-year-old may understand stories read to him/her, but he/she may not be able to describe the story even in a simple narrative. Imaginative play and social uses of language (i.e. manners, conversation) may also be impaired by expressive language limitations, causing difficulty in playing with peers.

These are children who may have a lot to say, but are unable to retrieve the words they need. Some children may have no problem in simple expression, but have difficulties retrieving and organizing words and sentences when expressing more complicated thoughts and ideas. This may occur when they are trying to describe, define, or explain information or retell an event or activity.



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