Improving your Child’s Expressive Language Skills
What is expressive language?
Expressive language refers to the ability to communicate thoughts and ideas using sounds, gestures, spoken words and/or written language. Expressive language is different from speech, as speech refers to the ability to articulate and produce individual sounds.
How a Speech Pathologist can help
By taking your child to a Speech Pathologist, you and your child can learn helpful exercises and techniques for enhancing expressive language skills. The Speech Pathologist will assess and provide therapy that caters to your child’s areas of weakness in order for them to reach their communicative goals.
It is especially important for parents to meet with a Speech Pathologist, as these professionals equip parents with useful at-home exercises that can be used to enhance expressive language skills. Simple ways to improve your child’s expressive language skills at home might include:
- Modelling words/phrases for them to imitate
- Using facial expressions, gestures and body language when conversing with your child
- Allowing your child sufficient time to respond
- Getting down to your child’s level and communicating with them while they are playing using gestures, sounds, words, phrases and/or sentences
- Asking them questions, such as: “Who is that? What are you playing? When? Where? Why? & How?”
- Praising your child’s efforts when communicating.
If you feel your child may need assistance and treatment to improve their expressive language skills, please contact our Speech Pathologist Eugene Pillay to make an appointment at ENT Wellbeing Speech Pathology – Phone 1300 123 368.