Expressive Language & Written Language Delays

Raising a child is never an easy task, but most parents would agree that it is one of the most meaningful moments of their lives. Your role as a mother or father does not only lie in the provision of emotional support, resources, and shelter but helping your child develop his/her language is one of the top priorities as well.

You may find that educating yourself to understand better a child’s development’s different intricacies will help you choose the right techniques to guide their growth. It can also be said that their intelligence is only as good as the nature and nurture ratio of their upbringing, which falls entirely on your shoulders.

Expressive Language Delays

How can you determine your child’s exact needs if he/she doesn’t talk at all? Most of the time, observation can negatively affect your child if you keep using the wait-and-see approach. Take time to speak to a professional about the things you’ve noticed about your child, and you might be surprised at the findings that may reveal themselves.

Expressive language delays can happen most often than not, mostly when their presence can be seen in the family history. Hereditary health concerns are more alarming than those that present themselves in the early stages of development as they are more challenging to treat and diagnose.

According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, some of the known symptoms of expressive language delays are children with difficulty in:

  • Imposing personal questions
  • Remembering the names of objects
  • Gestures
  • Completing sentences
  • Songs and rhymes
  • Correct pronoun/noun usage
  • Maintaining a conversation

What makes this problem so severe is that parents who are more oblivious than most have difficulty realizing that their child has already shown symptoms of delays. Simple activities such as reading and writing can also have early signs of delay, and some of them are:

  • Holding a book
  • Turning pages and glancing at photos
  • Narrating a story from start to finish
  • Alphabet
  • Reciting letters and numbers

Written Language Delays

The ASHA has determined that disabilities relating to a language often correlate to age-appropriate intellectual activities such as reading, spelling, writing, and identifying letters and numbers. It should be noted that this doesn’t concern the level of intelligence your child has but the ability to access said knowledge.

Surprisingly, people who get diagnosed with language delays and disabilities are those with average to superior intelligence. Dyslexic symptoms may also appear early on, but that may just be part of a more severe learning disability that involves both written and spoken language. Some of the most common symptoms of children with written language delays are:

  • Differentiating left and right
  • Identifying numbers and letters
  • Sounds of letters and numbers
  • Spelling
  • Time-telling
  • Expression of clear goals and ideas
  • Reading comprehension
  • Memorization of time tables
  • Recalling accurate phone numbers and addresses
  • Understanding the nature of questions in a classroom


It may seem overwhelming to a parent that these problems may occur to a child that seemed perfectly healthy and was delivered normally in the hospital. However, this is where your duties as a parent need to go into overdrive as pinpointing the symptoms of expressive language, and written delays can make the difference between your child’s bright future or failure.

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