17 Ways to Support Students With Expressive Language

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

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

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

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

4. Get the learner 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 learner be able to recall names.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

14. Converse with the learner 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 learner 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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