Expressive language skills encompass the many ways of conveying a message. Expressive language skills include learning the forms of language, such as verb forms, plural endings, and how to use pronouns, as well as the semantic content of language, which leads to effectively communicating one’s wants and needs independently. It also includes the semantic function of language.

Reading and writing skills can be impacted by language difficulties and thus can be addressed in the school setting by the speech and language therapist. The focus of a school-based speech and language therapist is to remediate the difficulties students encounter in understanding language and expressing themselves in a direct effort to increase their success throughout the curriculum.