Expressive Language Problems

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Aenean commodo ligula eget dolor. Aenean massa. Cum sociis natoque penatibus et magnis dis parturient montes, nascetur ridiculus mus.

What to expect

Expressive language problems

Expressive language is the ability to communicate a message or thought via verbal, non-verbal or written forms of communication. Expressive language problems will occur as a result of a breakdown in this type of communication.

What is an expressive language problem?

An expressive language problem is a difficulty in expressing a message effectively via verbal, non-verbal or written communication.

An individual with an expressive language problem will have difficulty in effectively expressing their messages and thoughts to others.

Expressive language problems can affect both children and adults and can vary from mild to severe forms. In more severe cases an individual may be completely non-verbal (unable to speak).

Common characteristics of expressive language problems can include:

  • Delayed expressive language.
  • Absence or late development of babbling or expressive language.
  • Failure to express your wants and needs.
  • Difficulty using grammar correctly.
  • Limited vocabulary (words we know and can say).
  • Difficulty with syntax (putting words together to form sentences)
  • Limited expressive (verbal, written and non-verbal) communication.

What conditions can cause expressive language problems?

There are many conditions which can cause expressive language problems. Conditions in children and adults which may cause expressive language problems include:

Children

  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Speech disorders
  • Learning difficulties
  • Neurological problems
  • Down syndrome
  • Hearing loss or impairment
  • Communication problems
  • Language delay
  • Specific language impairment
  • Bilingualism
  • Selective mutism
  • Learning difficulties
  • Glue ear
  • Physical disabilities
  • Auditory processing disorder
  • Fetal anti-convulsant syndrome
  • Fragile X syndrome
  • Sensory integration dysfunction
  • Cleft lip and palate
  • Voice disorders

Adults

  • Neurological problems
  • Hearing loss and impairments
  • Voice problems
  • Speech disorders
  • Communication problems
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Head and neck cancer
  • Palliative care needs
  • Physical disabilities
  • Learning difficulties
  • Mental health problems

How is an expressive language problem diagnosed?

An expressive language problem will be diagnosed by a speech and language therapist. The speech and language therapist will work closely with a team of professionals when diagnosing an individual with an expressive language problem. The speech and language therapist will carry out an initial assessment which will help to determine if an individual has an expressive language problem. This assessment will also help to decide on what the best form of treatment for the individual will be.

How can speech and language therapy help an individual with expressive language problems?

Speech and language therapy can help to support or overcome expressive language problems. Expressive language problems can be very responsive to speech and language therapy. The main aim of speech and language therapy will be to maximise the individual's communicative abilities.

Speech and language therapy will differ for each individual depending on their specific speech, language and communication needs. The speech and language therapist will consider many factors when considering a treatment plan, including the individual's current and past communicative abilities and also the underlying cause of their expressive language problems.

The speech and language therapist will work closely with the individual, their parent or carer and other professionals involved in their care in helping them meet their full communicative potential.

What speech and language therapy treatment can benefit expressive language problems?

There are many forms of speech and language therapy for individuals with expressive language problems. The speech and language therapist will consider many factors when individualising a treatment plan for an individual with an expressive language problem.

Different types of speech and language therapy for individual with expressive language problems can include:

One to one therapy

One to one therapy will work with the client on an individual basis. For individuals with expressive language problems one to one therapy will work on specific exercises and strategies to help maximise their expressive communication.

Find out more on one to one therapy.

Training

Training and advice for the individual, parents / carers and other professionals involved in the individual's care will be provided by the speech and language therapist. Training may include specific communication programmes to support the individual's comprehension problems.

Find out more about training.

Consultative role

The speech and language therapist will advise the individual, their carer and other professionals involved in their care on compensatory strategies to help support and maximise their communicative abilities.

Find out more about consultative role.

Home programmes

Home programmes can include specific communication programmes which will focus on maximising the individual's comprehension and also their communication. Home programmes will be provided to the individual and their carers or parents. Speech and language therapy programmes can also be implemented in the school environment.

Find out more about therapy programmes.

One to one therapy

One to one therapy will involve the therapist and the individual (and their carer or parent). One to one therapy will work on specific areas of communication the individual is finding difficult and also areas they feel are a priority to work on in therapy. For an individual with comprehension problems, the therapist may work on increasing the individual's understanding of spoken and written words, sentences and also conversation and paragraphs.

Find out more about one to one therapy.

Group therapy

Group therapy will usually involve a group of individuals with similar communicative abilities. Group therapy can help in increasing the individual's motivation, social skills and also help to generalise the skills learnt in one to one therapy. Parent and carer groups may also be carried out to help support the parents and carers in supporting the individual's comprehension problems.

Find out more about group therapy.

Alternative and Augmentative Communication

Alternative and augmentative forms of communication may also be used for individuals with very limited and restricted understanding. Alternative forms of communication will help to support an individual's understanding and help them to communicate to the best of their ability. Alternative forms of communication may include visual aids, sign language and also computer aids.

Find out more about Alternative and Augmentative Communication.

If an individual has very restricted expressive language, the speech and language therapist may introduce alternative forms of communication to help support their communication.

Speech and language therapy treatment may also include:

  • Assessments
  • School visits
  • Clinic visits
  • Home visits
  • Reports
  • Review
  • Early intervention

How do I arrange a speech and language therapy assessment?

To arrange an initial assessment with one of our speech and language therapists please contact us on 0330 0885 643.

Summary

An expressive language problem is a difficulty in expressing a thought or message via expressive communication (verbal, non-verbal or written). The speech and language therapist will support the individual, their carer and other professionals involved in their care in helping maximise their communicative ability. If you feel you may benefit from our speech and language therapy services then please email office@slt.co.uk or call 0330 0885 643.



Back to top ↑

Next steps

To speak to a Speech and Language Therapist or to book an appointment, call us on 0161 883 0111 or email office@slt.co.uk

Follow

Follow us on social media

We're registered

All our speech and language therapists are registered with the RCSLT and the HCPC

Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists Logo HCPC Logo

Say hello...

We are always happy to answer any questions you might have. You can contact us in the following ways:

We work with...

slt.co.uk © 2018
Powered by Nuttersons