Children's language disorders can be characterized as receptive, expressive or a combination of receptive and expressive. An expressive language disorder is characterized by difficulty with verbal expression or the use of language. There are hundreds of ways to improve kid's expressive communication through varying modalities. Children can use software programs such as Sound Beginnings 1 and 2 (School Specialty Speech, Language & Communication Spring 10 catalog, p. 6)
with a microphone where the child can affect what's happening on the screen with adorable characters based on what they say. Children find software interactive and fun, and this can be a huge motivation. Another way to improve expressive communication is through interactive games. Guess'em Language Games
, such as Are you In The Doghouse?
and What's Your Wish (School Specialty Speech, Language & Communication Spring 10 catalog, p. 116)
require kids to ask each other questions in order to solve the problem. This is a great way to improve social communication while having fun. Encouraging communication in any manner helps improve vocabulary and socialization, and increases phrase and sentence length.
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