Expressive language is the use of words, sentences, gestures and writing to convey meaning and messages to others. Expressive language skills include being able to label objects in the environment, describe actions and events, put words together in sentences, use grammar correctly as determined by cultural rules, retell a story, answer questions and write short story.
Expressive language skills are made of up 3 main areas:
· Vocabulary (content/meaning)
· Mechanics (morphology- word structure /phonology- rules of sound organization)
· Grammar (how we put words together)
Intervention is varied based on the area of difficulty. However, the goal is to establish/develop a meaningful way to communicate, teach compensatory strategies, expand vocabulary and teach rules of the language.