Expressive Language Delay
Expressive language refers to a person’s ability to communicate in verbal or written format. When there is a delay in an individual’s expressive language skills, they may have difficulty putting words together, formulating sentences/thoughts, developing and using vocabulary correctly, sequencing events, answering and asking questions and utilizing correct grammar skills. Often, an individual with expressive language delay is able to comprehend written and spoken material without difficulty.
A developmental expressive language delay is of unknown origin and usually occurs when a child is beginning to speak. Children might not be using words or sentences appropriate in length or context compared to their age-matched peers. Children may also be identified during the school age years when presented with new learning material within the academic environment or beginning to socialize with peers.