17 Ways to Support Learners With Expressive Language

Are you looking for ways to support students with expressive language disorder? If so, keep reading.

1. Teach the student to recognize keywords and phrases related to the information to enable their recall.

2. Get the student to find an excellent speaker and give the reasons that make that person an excellent speaker.

3. Make sure the student receives information from an assortment of sources e.g., textbooks, like presentations, discussions, etc.) to enable memory/recall.

4. Get the student to finish worksheets in which they must replace nondescriptive or inaccurate vocabulary with specific and appropriate terminology.

5. Tag objects, persons, places, etc., in their surroundings to help the student be able to recall names.

6. Get the student’s hearing reviewed if it has not been recently reviewed.

7. Get the student to compete against himself/herself by timing how fast they can name a sequence of pictured objects. Each time, the student tries to improve their speed.

8. Get the student to describe themselves and/or classmates in finished sentences with an emphasis on specific vocabulary to differentiate one student from another.

9. Ask the student a question when they are most likely to be able to respond successfully.

10. Using a wordless image book, have the student tell the story using descriptive vocabulary and finished sentences. Record the story and replay it for the student. Get the student to listen for finish/unfinished sentences and specific/nondescriptive terminology and make appropriate corrections.

11. After reading a short story, have the student remember the main characters, sequence the activities, and retell the outcome of the story.

12. Urge the student to use gestures when necessary to clarify their message. Gestures may also enable recall of vocabulary that the student is having difficulty retrieving.

13. Give the student the first sound of a word they are having difficulty retrieving to enable recall.

14. Converse with the student to explain that they are using unfinished sentences or thoughts when speaking and explain the importance of speaking in complete sentences and choosing specific words to express ideas.

15. On occasions where the student has difficulty during a conversation, remind them that this occasionally happens to everyone.

16. Consider using a language development app. Click here to view a list of apps that we recommend.

17. Consider using an assistive technology designed to support students with articulation disorder.

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