Retrieving and formulating language when speaking and writing
Expressive Language is what we do when we share our ideas through speaking. As we get older, we use more complex sentences and vocabulary especially when writing.
Children with good expressive language skills:
Characteristics of an expressive language disorder may include grammatical errors, poor sentence structure, word-finding difficulties, limited vocabulary, overuse of filler words like “uh,” “thing” or “stuff,” overuse of gesturing, and difficulty “coming to the point."
Children with language disorders are frequently found to have word retrieval difficulties, which makes them slower to rapidly name objects and at risk for reading difficulties. When children are having difficulty retrieving a word, their expressive language is inhibited, and they often will have the sense that it is “on the tip of their tongue.” Further, they will use an indirect manner of speaking (circumlocution) to describe an object or event when the name cannot be recalled (e.g., saying “That thing you pound with” instead of “hammer”). For more information see: http://www.asha.org/Practice-Portal/Clinical-Topics/Spoken-Language-Disorders/Language-In--Brief/.