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Expressive Language  Disorder Symptoms and DSM-IV Diagnosis

Expressive Language Disorder Symptoms and Diagnosis Overview:

Expressive Language Disorder symptoms and diagnostic criteria follow below. While some of these Expressive Language Disorder symptoms may be recognized by family, teachers, legal and medical professionals,  and others, only  properly trained mental health professionals (psychologists, psychiatrists, professional counselors etc.) can or should even attempt to make a mental health diagnosis. Many additional factors are considered in addition to the Expressive Language Disorder symptoms in making proper diagnosis, including frequently medical and psychological testing considerations. This information on Expressive Language Disorder symptoms and diagnostic criteria are for information purposes only and should never replace the judgement and comprehensive assessment of a trained mental health clinician. 


Diagnostic criteria for 315.31 Expressive Language Disorder

A. The scores obtained from standardized individually administered mea­sures of expressive language development are substantially below those obtained from standardized measures of both nonverbal intellectual capacity and receptive language development. The disturbance may be manifest clinically by symptoms that include having a markedly limited vocabulary, making errors in tense, or having difficulty recalling words or producing sentences with developmentally appropriate length or complexity.

B. The difficulties with expressive language interfere with academic or occupational achievement or with social communication.

C. Criteria are not met for Mixed Receptive-Expressive Language Disorder or a Pervasive Developmental Disorder.


D.      If Mental Retardation, a speech-motor or sensory deficit, or environmen­tal deprivation is present, the language difficulties are in excess of those usually associated with these problems.

Coding Note: If a general medical (e.g.. neurological) condition or sensory deficit is present, code the condition on Axis IlI.

Also, See: Other Disorders Usually First Diagnosed in Infancy, Childhood, or Adolescence

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