Expressive Language

Does Your Child Have Trouble Expressing Their Needs and Using Words Correctly?

Expressive language refers to your child’s ability to join words and build sentences that utilise correct grammar and vocabulary. For children to participate confidently in a variety of activities, they need to be able to express their needs and wants clearly, portray their thoughts and ideas, use language and gestures correctly to engage in successful interactions with their peers.

If your child is struggling to use words, sentences and gestures to convey meaning and messages to others; A Growing Understanding can work with your family to develop expressive language skills.

Our individualised therapy programs include ongoing parent support and education, and are specifically designed to:

  • Tap into your child’s interests, skills, and challenges to develop appropriate goals and help them grow their confidence.
  • Use play and fun activities to build your child’s understanding of language and how to express their needs appropriately.
  • Utilise visuals and offer choices to encourage your child to use words when requesting a specific activity.
  • Support parents and provide at-home activities that can be incorporated into your daily routine i.e. how you can build expressive language skills during shared book reading.
  • Celebrate your child’s success and encourage verbal expression.

What to Look Out for with Expressive Language:

  • Does your child have difficulty with naming objects or items?
  • Does your child have trouble linking words and forming sentences?
  • Does your child have trouble telling a story or describing objects or places?
  • Does your child use made up words or has trouble finding the right words during a conversation?

Remember, every child develops at their own pace, but if you are concerned, talk to us today. Our friendly team of experienced speech pathologists are here to guide you through your concern and help you take the best next step.