Signs Your Child Could Have an Expressive Language Delay (ELD)

Many things can signal that a child can benefit from kids’ speech therapy, but one of those things is Expressive Language Delay ( ELD). The term is a broad one, but it encompasses any diagnosis a speech pathologist might make for a child with a language problem.

Some children struggle to form sentences or use the correct vocabulary, while others may find it challenging to put words together in the right order. Given the differences in each language problem, the approach in kids’ speech therapy can be different for each child, with all methods customised to suit the help they need.

Children with an expressive language delay can require the intervention of a speech pathologist. An expert in speech can provide the help the child needs to pick up the skill they are missing or haven’t quite mastered. Rather than waiting to see if the child learns it on their own, early intervention by a speech therapist can offer a more direct approach.

What can Kids’ Speech Therapy Achieve?  

The approach can depend on what a child is struggling with under the umbrella of an expressive language delay. A late talker doesn’t have an expressive language, so the focus, in that case, would be on increasing the ability to use language as a means of communication.

A child that struggles with organising their words into a logical sentence may see the benefit of sequencing games and activities that both indirectly and directly benefit how they link words together. Often, similar rules apply to other ELDs. Children can benefit from both kids’ speech therapy and activities to work on at home and in school. (more…)