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Old 02-11-2013, 04:42 PM   #1
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It isn't quite expressive language disorder but what is it?

Hi,

Our 16 year old son is very intelligent, enjoys reading many books, including Dickens novels, and he understands complex spoken arguments, etc, but he has a great deal of trouble talking and writing. He understands and uses grammar very well; in fact sometimes he corrects our grammar. He gets an image or idea in his mind, but he doesn't have the words to express it, especially when trying to express emotion. He says that he can't find the right words to express the shades of what he means, yet he has a very large vocabulary and always smears us at word games like boggle. Many people think he is shy, but he really isn't, there just isn't anything in his mind to say most of the time so he is very quiet. And yet he loves to debate bills in his Youth and Government class, where the rules for the debate and how to do everything are very clearly defined. His teacher says he is the best debater in the class. But he has extreme trouble in writing classes, because he can't think of anything to say, his mind is blank.

Trying to have a conversation with him is like pulling teeth, and he doesn't have any friends because although he loves to be in a group listening to the other people in the group, he hardly talks to people at all. Even at home we can hardly get him to talk to us. He wants to be able to talk to people, but he isn't able to put things into words to communicate with them, and by now he just isn't used to talking either. He has always been like this to some degree, but lately for a couple of years he was having health problems that were making him extremely tired and he was in a fog, and now that he is pretty much over those problems he has come to the realization that he doesn't really have any friends and he doesn't know how to talk with people, and he says he feels like he keeps coming up against a brick wall. (It took quite a bit of effort on my part to get that out of him.) This is having a depressing effect on him. Can anyone shed any light on this. We have 3 other children, and non of them have any trouble talking.

Does anyone have any suggestions? This is practically ruining his life.

I want to add that what he does say is very intelligible and well thought out, it's just that he doesn't say much.

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