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What is the definition of Developmental Expressive Language Disorder?

Developmental expressive language disorder is a condition in which a child has lower than normal ability in vocabulary, saying complex sentences, and remembering words. However, a child with this disorder may have the normal language skills needed to understand verbal or written communication.

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What are the alternative names for Developmental Expressive Language Disorder?

Language disorder - expressive; Specific language impairment

What are the causes of Developmental Expressive Language Disorder?

Developmental expressive language disorder is common in school-age children.

The causes are not well understood. Damage to the cerebrum of the brain and malnutrition may cause some cases. Genetic factors may also be involved.

What are the symptoms of Developmental Expressive Language Disorder?

Children with an expressive language disorder have a hard time getting their meaning or message across to others.

Symptoms of this disorder may include any of the following:

  • Below-average vocabulary skills
  • Improper use of tenses (past, present, future)
  • Problems making complex sentences
  • Problems remembering words
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What are the current treatments for Developmental Expressive Language Disorder?

Language therapy is the best method to treat this type of disorder. The goal is to increase the number of phrases a child can use. This is done by using block-building techniques and speech therapy.

Who are the top Developmental Expressive Language Disorder Local Doctors?
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University Of Melbourne

Murdoch Children's Research Institute 
Melbourne, VIC, AU 

Penny Levickis is in Melbourne, Australia. Levickis is rated as a Distinguished expert by MediFind in the treatment of Developmental Expressive Language Disorder. She is also highly rated in 2 other conditions, according to our data. Her top areas of expertise are Developmental Expressive Language Disorder, Auditory Processing Disorder, and Syphilis.

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Menzies Health Institute Queensland

Griffith University 
Gold Coast, QLD, AU 

Sheena Reilly is in Gold Coast, Australia. Reilly is rated as a Distinguished expert by MediFind in the treatment of Developmental Expressive Language Disorder. She is also highly rated in 6 other conditions, according to our data. Her top areas of expertise are Auditory Processing Disorder, Developmental Expressive Language Disorder, Syphilis, and Infant Hearing Loss.

 
 
 
 
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University Of Manchester

Manchester, ENG, GB 

Gina Ramsden-Conti is in Manchester, United Kingdom. Ramsden-Conti is rated as a Distinguished expert by MediFind in the treatment of Developmental Expressive Language Disorder. She is also highly rated in 3 other conditions, according to our data. Her top areas of expertise are Auditory Processing Disorder, Developmental Expressive Language Disorder, Syphilis, and Developmental Reading Disorder.

What is the outlook (prognosis) for Developmental Expressive Language Disorder?

How much the child recovers depends on the severity of the disorder. With reversible factors, such as vitamin deficiencies, there may be nearly full recovery.

Children who do not have any other developmental or motor coordination problems have the best outlook (prognosis). Often, such children have a family history of delays in language milestones, but eventually catch up.

What are the possible complications of Developmental Expressive Language Disorder?

This disorder may lead to:

  • Learning problems
  • Low self-esteem
  • Social problems
When should I contact a medical professional for Developmental Expressive Language Disorder?

If you are concerned about a child's language development, have the child tested.

How do I prevent Developmental Expressive Language Disorder?

Good nutrition during pregnancy, and early childhood and prenatal care may help.

What are the latest Developmental Expressive Language Disorder Clinical Trials?
EMT en Español: Comprehensive Early Intervention to Support School Readiness Skills for Spanish-speaking Toddlers With Language Delays
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Recasting and Book Reading Under Ideal (Dose-controlled) and Typical (Dose-variable) Conditions: The Role of Fidelity and Adherence in Production and Comprehension Outcomes for Children With DLD
What are the Latest Advances for Developmental Expressive Language Disorder?
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Who are the sources who wrote this article ?

Published Date : March 25, 2020
Published By : Charles I. Schwartz, MD, FAAP, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, General Pediatrician at PennCare for Kids, Phoenixville, PA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

What are the references for this article ?

Simms MD. Language development and communication disorders. In: Kliegman RM, St. Geme JW, Blum NJ, Shah SS, Tasker RC, Wilson KM, eds. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics. 21st ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2020:chap 52.

Trauner DA, Nass RD. Developmental language disorders. In: Swaiman KF, Ashwal S, Ferriero DM, et al, eds. Swaiman's Pediatric Neurology: Principles and Practice. 6th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2017:chap 53.