Expressive Language Disorder

An expressive language delay/disorder is a communication disorder in which a child has difficulties expressing themselves. Areas of delay may be observed in vocabulary, grammar, responding to questions, and/or retelling stories or activities.

Red flags for a language delay:

By 12 months, is not babbling using different sounds, imitating different speech sounds and does not have at least one word.

By 2 years of age, is not saying more words each month, speaking in 2 or more word phrases or asking questions.

By 3 years of age, is not using words for almost everything, talking in 2-3 word sentences or asking why questions.

By 4 years of age, is not speaking using 4 word sentences, producing rhyming word pairs, using pronouns or talking about what happened during the day.

By 5 years of age, is not telling short stories, keeping a conversation going, using sentences that contain at least one action words or responds to basic questions.

Resources:

www.asha.org/public/speech/development/chart/

If you have any concerns with your child’s language development and feel they may be inflicted with an expressive language discorder, contact Communicate Therapy Services, LLC in Nampa, Idaho for a language evaluation.