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Expressive Language

What is expressive language?


Expressive language is the use of words, sentences, gestures and writing to convey meaning and messages to others. Expressive language skills include being able to label objects in the environment, describe actions and events, put words together in sentences, use grammar correctly (e.g. “I had a drink” not “Me drinked”), retell a story, answer questions and write short story.


How can I tell if my child has problems with expressive language (using words and language)?

  • Difficulty in word-finding

  • Use 'jargon' (made up words) while communicating

  • Difficulty retelling a story

  • Difficulty with writing

  • Difficulty expressing themselves

  • Using incorrect grammar and wrong word order

  • Difficulty being understood by others

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