Disability Tax Credits and Benefits for Expressive Language Disorder


Some children find it difficult to express their views clearly in a particular language, even though they have been well exposed to that language. Expressive language disorder is the name of such problem that is seen mostly among children. The level of spoken language of children who are affected by this disorder will be lower than the expected level for their age. Identifying the presence of expressive language disorder within children varies with the severity of the disorder. For certain children, it can be identified within their first three years, whereas for others, the presence can be found only when they start facing difficulties in school. The condition can worsen when the child moves to a higher class, due to more advanced, demanding academic requirements. Parents and guardians of children who are affected with expressive language disorder may be able to apply for the disability tax credit and other benefits available to them in Canada.


There are two types of expressive language disorder: developmental and acquired. The developmental type is the one seen among children during their early years. The cause for developmental expressive language disorder has not been determined yet and researchers are still searching for the exact genetic or otherwise link. Acquired expressive language disorder is caused as a result of a brain damage. The brain damage might be due to a shock, a heart attack, injury to the head or other medical issues faced by an individual. The part of the brain that is damaged has an impact on the severity of the acquired expressive language disorder in a person.


The symptoms exhibited by those persons who are affected by expressive language disorder tend to vary from person to person. Some common symptoms are listed below:

  • Most children do not have any problem pronouncing the individual words properly.
  • The problems faced by children will be in putting words together to form meaningful sentences.
  • The sentences created by the affected children will not be grammatically correct.
  • The inability to express their thoughts in a clear and concise manner is the most common symptom seen in the children affected by expressive language disorder.
  • The children will be able to understand all the words and complex sentences spoken by other people, but they will not be able to use those words within the sentences, while they try to speak.
  • Certain children tend to miss out specific set of words whenever they speak and certain others will not be able to think of the right words that are to be used within the sentence.
  • The speaking ability of the children will be lower than their peers.

Disability Tax Credits for Expressive Language Disorder

It has been found that almost 15% of children below 3 years of age and 7% of schoolchildren are affected by this disorder. The language disorder does not fade away by itself and hence proper medical attention is required. The support of parents and teachers is critical during the treatment of the child. The Canadian government offers tax credit under different categories, such as mental functions and speaking, that could be availed by parents of children affected by expressive language disorder. It would benefit most to contact HandyTax today. One of our representatives can help guide you in determining your eligibility for up to $40,000 in disability tax credits and disability benefits.