The process in which our brain creates and understands a language is called language processing. It also pertains to our ability in associating a meaning to what we hear and putting into words our response to it. Unfortunately, not all children don’t have this skill. Therefore, it is a must that language processing disorder is addressed early on.
Language Processing Disorder
Kids who are diagnosed with learning disabilities often have Language Processing Disorder (LPD). In fact, studies show that 80 percent of learning disabilities are manifested in language issues, such as LPD. According to the Learning Disabilities Association of America, LPD affects the expressive and receptive language of children. A person that has expressive LPD may find it difficult to express themselves, either through speaking or writing. On the other hand, people suffering from receptive LPD have major problems comprehending and processing the instructions or details presented to them.
Since LPD affects the part of the brain that is in charge of language processing, anything that involves language is troublesome for those with LPD. In most cases, they struggle with spelling or look confused each time you ask them.
If your child is having attention deficits, he/she might be suffering from LPD. More so, having trouble rhyming at 3 or 4 years old, and difficulty following instructions are clear signs of LPD. Other symptoms include difficulty in understanding jokes, poor written output and reading comprehension, and trouble in verbally expressing thoughts.
Helping Children with Language Processing Disorder
At school, teachers should avoid using too much words. Alternately, they can utilise graphic materials wherein children with LPD will be able to use and develop their visual reasoning skills. Teachers can also condense sentences in texts by omitting needless words and phrases. During exams, it is best not to assess them with multiple choice questions that involve convoluted use of the language.
On the parents’ part, they should highly encourage their children to ask for help or repeat instructions. Do not let them give up or say “I don’t know” when they are struggling. It is also suggested that children should have their study partners, especially when doing homework or projects.
When treating LPD, the best course of action is through speech and language therapy. This being said, experts recommend that children with LPD also undergo counselling or psychotherapy to address relative emotional or behavioural issues.