Expressive language disorder is a communication disorder. If your child has this disorder, he has a very hard time putting his thoughts and feelings into words. Your child can read and understand without a problem, but has a hard time expressing himself. Usually a child with this disorder is quite intelligent.
About half of the children with expressive language disorder are able to overcome it by the time they are in high school. Others may have lifelong problems.
This disorder is related to problems with how the brain works. Expressive language disorder is more common in males than females.
The disorder may start after a head injury, a stroke, a brain infection such as meningitis, or other condition that affects the brain. It can happen at any age, but is not common in children.
A child may be born with the disorder. It is more likely if other people in your family have had this disorder.
Symptoms may include:
If you notice any symptoms of the disorder after an illness or injury that may have affected the brain, contact your healthcare provider right away.
Your healthcare provider will ask about your child’s symptoms and medical history and examine your child. Your child may have a hearing test, or be referred to a psychologist for other tests.
The most common treatment for this disorder combines language and speech therapy. There may be treatment centers in your community that help children with communication disorders. Many public schools have a speech therapist or tutor who works with children diagnosed with this disorder. The therapist may:
If your child was injured, treatment depends on several things: