Some of the most common themes I see in classrooms that hold children back from making strong connections with peers and in learning are when children have Expressive Language Disorder, often combined with a Language Processing Disorder.
It’s confusing for their peers and teachers to understand and relate to what a child is saying. These repeated behaviors and language impacts a child’s esteem and overall learning and connection with the world around them.
What is Expressive Language Disorder?
Communication is an issue for children with expressive language disorder. It makes it difficult for them to express themselves or demonstrate that they understand what others are doing.
Children with expressive language impairment have a hard time forming coherent sentences. They may need additional time to respond to questions or engage in a conversation.
These obstacles can make it difficult to make friends, form relationships, and communicate with others. One of three groups of language disorders is expressive language disorder. It is normal for children with it to also have receptive language disorder. Language comprehension is difficult as a result of this disorder.
What are the Symptoms of Expressive Language Disorder?
Using words like “thing” or “stuff”
Trouble finding words
Avoids social situations
What are the Treatment Options for Expressive Language Disorder?
Speech-language therapy is the most common treatment for language problems. The sooner children begin, the better. As part of a special education plan known as an IEP, students undergo counseling at school.
SLPs in schools work with children one-on-one or in small groups with others who have similar difficulties. They employ methods and activities that cater to the needs and desires of the children. Social skills groups may also help children with language difficulties.
Disorders on their own are not so worrisome, but especially when compounded with multiple common disorders their is cause for concern. Disorders can lead to a child lacking esteem and becoming reclusive from their peers, family, and teachers because they are so misunderstood and undervalued in their daily lives.
I recommend seeking professional help for your child if they are exhibiting any symptoms that lead you to believe they may have a disorder. The sooner, the better.
Remember you're not alone. I work with families, caregivers, therapists and children with disorders like these everyday. My goal is to bridge the gap between your child and all their caretakers to transform negative repeated behaviors into socially appropriate practice.
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more help. I look forward to hearing your story and helping transform you and your child's lives!