Expressive language disorder is a disorder where a person has difficulty using their words effectively and efficiently to convey a specific and organised message. It is one component of what can be a Developmental Language Disorder, or a Language Disorder associated with other diagnoses such as Autism Spectrum Disorder and Developmental Delay. It may also extend into a written language disorder.
Children and young people with an expressive language disorder may or may not seem to understand what others are saying to them – their main difficulty is not being able to use words or sentences effectively to say what it is they want to say. The speech pathologists at Signs and Sounds can help to diagnose and provide speech therapy for expressive language disorder in children in Sydney.
In line with the ethos of speech therapy, we know that early intervention using evidence-based practices can help to set in motion the teaching of skills that ultimately aim to increase the level of success needed by children, their families and other professionals like teachers. Children with an expressive language disorder can present in many different ways. They are often described as having very limited vocabularies, and will use familiar phrases repeatedly or even avoid item-specific terms. For example, instead of saying “train” or “biscuit”, they will instead use general words like “that thing” or “stuff”.
Some children may notice for themselves that they have difficulty with using words or saying sentences effectively and can become quiet. Children with an expressive language disorder may not like talking much with friends, may ‘over-talk’ to say what they want to say, or may rarely speak in class. These can all be indicators of a potential expressive language disorder and can impact on their social and learning skills. What speech therapy for expressive language disorder can do is teach them the tools they need to access the best words they can, and put them together as smoothly as they can, in sentences, to make it all make sense.
If you have a child or young person who seems to find it hard to use the best words possible, or to say sentences that make sense, or to say sentences that are easy to follow, contact Signs and Sounds to arrange an assessment with one of our speech pathologists. We also welcome enquiries about providing speech therapy for expressive language disorder in Sydney at home, preschool, school and other convenient locations.