Language Processing Disorder

Definition, Symptoms & Treatment Options

Language processing disorder can have serious learning consequences, because language dexterity is at the heart of all learning — listening, comprehension, reading and thinking.

What is Language Processing Disorder? 

language processing disorder in kidsLanguage processing disorder is used interchangeably with central auditory processing disorder (CAPD) to describe difficulties identifying and retaining sounds after the ears have “heard” them. However, language processing disorder is better defined as a difficulty attaching meaning to sounds that form words, sentences and stories.

Is Your Child An Auditory Learner?

Learning visually or by touch should not be a first choice, since listening is how we learn a language and it’s how we gather information. Babies start out trying to be auditory learners and if they are not, they most likely have receptive language processing disorders.

Auditory learning is just as important in middle school and higher. Inefficient listeners do not develop critical thinking and reasoning skills. Again, a language processing disorder can undermine learning.

Symptoms Of Language Processing Disorders

Here are the common language processing disorder symptoms:

Difficulty Following Directions
This is the classic language processing disorder symptom. If your child is processing slower than a teacher or parent is talking, he will either miss information or just tune out.

Trouble Rhyming At An Early Age
Rhyming displays language dexterity. If your child had difficulty with rhyming at around three years old, this is an sign that speech and language processing skills may not be developing as expected.

Vocabulary, Pronunciation and Grammar Concerns
Children with weak language processing skills tend to have under-developed vocabularies and poor grammar skills compared to their peers. They only use words they are sure they heard correctly, and concentrate so hard on listening that they have no capacity to absorb language conventions.

Attention Deficits
A child who has difficulty listening in class will lose focus due to exhaustion and/or lack of interest. While this is often diagnosed as ADD or ADHD and is medicated, very often poor focus is entirely due to language processing disorder.

Inconsistent Performance
Children with language processing disorders often struggle in noisy environments such as classrooms. This sometimes results in up and down performance that is frustrating for parents and children.

Reading Difficulty
Reading requires accurate phonemic awareness, the ability to hear all the sounds inside words. Inefficient decoding holds back reading fluency and comprehension, and so most children with a language processing disorder develop reading problems.

Language Processing Disorder Treatment

language processing disorders and readingGemm Learning provides brain training software at home with personalized teacher support to help children 5 years and older with language and reading difficulties.

For Language Difficulties

Our program starts by tackling the cognitive skills — processing, working memory, listening accuracy, listening comprehension, attention, sequencing — required for receptive and expressive language.
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For At Risk Readers

Our program has exercises that build phonological awareness, decoding and reading comprehension.
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Find Out If We Can Help

To find out if your child is a candidate for our language processing disorder treatment, call Monday-Friday, 9AM to 6PM EST, or email a question here.