A language processing disorder is a specific type of language disorder, affecting how sounds are interpreted by the brain, resulting in difficulty understanding and expressing language. Language processing disorders don’t go hand-in-hand with hearing loss; it refers to the brain not being able to process and interpret auditory information. There are two types of language disorders: expressive and receptive. While they’re often both developmental, they can take place after a significant accident involving a brain injury. Communication difficulties and language problems can have frustrating effects for children—finding proper treatment and support is crucial for improving their academic skills and social confidence. Catching a language processing disorder early is crucial. Here are some important aspects teachers and parents need to be on the lookout for, so that the child can receive the support they need.
What are the symptoms of a language processing disorder?
Issues with processing language can manifest themselves into several different symptoms, including:
- Struggles with interpreting spoken language
- Poor writing skills
- Poor reading comprehension
- Difficulty expressing thoughts verbally
- Able to describe and draw an object without knowing the right word
- Depression and feelings of sadness
- Frequently describes “tip-of-the-tongue” issues when speaking
If you find that your child is exhibiting any of these symptoms with expressive or receptive language, then they may have a communication disorder. If not properly diagnosed and treated, children with language disorders can have long-term issues with receptive and expressive communication. Be mindful of the aforementioned symptoms so that your child can get the help they need to improve their social and academic skills.
How can St. Louis LDA help?
St. Louis LDA offers the comprehensive support your child needs to get right back on track academically and socially. If your child is experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned above, we offer detailed diagnoses, so we can coordinate a unique support strategy to help them effectively learn in a classroom setting. After our in-depth interviews with the parents to discuss the child’s status, we develop a comprehensive treatment plan. Treatment plans for language processing disorders typically include working with a speech therapist and communicating with their school, so that the child receives more time on tests.
Starting speech therapy early is vital for helping young children develop their language skills—reach out to St. Louis LDA today to help your child receive the treatment they deserve.