Our new Toddler Talking groups are proving popular with local parents looking for help to encourage their toddler to talk. Groups run twice a week at our Tooting clinic and your first session is completely free. Contact Lizzie at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
A couple of weeks ago, my colleague Lisa Gadsby and I gave a talk at the L’École du Parc nursery school in Clapham on supporting bilingual and multilingual children. More than half the children at L’École du Parc are bilingual, speaking both French and English, and the nursery has some families where as many as four different languages are spoken at home.
The nursery’s parents’ association wanted us to advise on the nature of bilingual development, how it differs from monolingual development and how best to approach teaching children two languages at once. In the talk we explained some of the signs indicating developmental problems to look out for, and advised on which issues should resolve on their own. The talk was aimed at parents, but the teachers who attended also found it very useful.
What is Expressive Language Disorder?
Expressive language is how a person expresses their feelings and ideas. Expressive language disorder is characterised by a child having difficulty expressing him- or herself using speech or writing.
Children with expressive language disorder do not have problems pronouncing certain sounds or words, as with a phonological speech disorder (discussed in a previous blog post), in fact they will tend to be within the normal range for correct speech sounds. The problem is with putting sentences together, finding and using the right words, and the use of grammar.