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Expressive Language Disorders

Girl with speech therapist

When Using Language to Communicate is Difficult

Expressive language refers to putting words together to form thoughts or express one’s self. An expressive language disorder occurs when a person has trouble expressing one’s self and using language to communicate.

This disorder can manifest itself early in life, or occur later as a result of a stroke, traumatic brain injury or disease. Please refer to our adult speech therapy page for more information about specific treatments for adults.  For children, see the information below.

In Children, Early Intervention is Key

The first three years of life provide the foundation for the development of expressive language. Early speech and language intervention can help children be more successful with reading, writing, schoolwork and interpersonal relationships. Expressive language continues to develop from early childhood through adolescence and into adulthood.

If you have concerns with your child’s language development, please call our experienced therapists for recommendations. You may also refer to the link below regarding typical milestones. Please keep in mind, just because your child has not accomplished one skill within an age range does not mean the child has a disorder.

More on children’s language milestones.


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