Expressive language means talking.
This is your child's ability to join words to form sentences using the correct vocabulary and grammar. Expressive language is different to speech sounds and can be easily confused when listening to your child. Speech sounds are the way your child pronounces sounds in their words. Expressive language difficulties can affect your child's ability to get their message across using spoken or written language.
Children can experience difficulties with their receptive language skills and expressive language skills and speech sound development or it can have difficulty in one of these areas only.
What are the symptoms?
The symptoms vary from child to child depending on their age. The following symptoms may indicate that your child is experiencing difficulties with their expressive language development:
The causes of expressive language difficulties are often unknown.
A number of factors may be working together to contribute to
your child's difficulties. Family history is often the most likely
indicator, although this may not always be the case. A child's
general cognitive development, exposure to
language and personality can all impact on a child's
expressive language skills.