Expressive Language

Children who are experiencing problems with expressive language may:

  • Use short, limited utterances
  • Have restricted and/or inappropriate vocabulary
  • Experience word-finding difficulties
  • Use immature or unusual grammatical structures
  • Use confused word order
  • Use non-verbal communication (e.g. pointing, gestures) instead of speech or to accompany speech
  • Have difficulties sequencing ideas
  • Have very concrete thinking and lack of flexibility and generalisation in learning
  • May talk a lot but have limited ability to communicate ideas in depth

If a child is having difficulty with speech sounds this will be considered as a phonological problem.

There are a number of reasons why a child might be having difficulty with expressive language:

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Last updated: 22 October 2015

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