10 Tips On Dealing With Language Processing Disorders
What is Language Processing Disorder?
Language Processing refers to the way human beings use words to communicate their ideas and feelings, as well as how these types of communications are processed and understood.
Simply put, it is how the brain creates and understands language.
A Language processing disorder (“LPD”) is categorized when a person has difficulty understanding and making sense of what is heard.
Diagnosing Learning Processing Disorder
Those who have LPD usually have normal hearing abilities, however, their brains just do not process or interpret what they “hear” (the information) properly. LPD sometimes occurs in those who have speech and language difficulties, learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder, as well as developmental disabilities.
Some students with LPD may have a difficult time hearing the differences between sounds in words, even if those sounds are very clear and loud. These problems are more obvious when the child is in a noisy environment such as a classroom.
A child who is thought to have this disorder can have standardized receptive and expressive language tests performed. A certified speech and language therapist or neuropsychologist will administer these tests. Also a hearing test known as an audiogram should be done to rule out physical hearing issues which may be the cause.
Working With Students That Have Learning Processing Disorder
Here are 10 Tips on How to Help a Student with LPD be More Successful in the Classroom:
- Don’t overuse words, especially words in text. You can shorten sentences by eliminating non-essential words and phrases, as well as limiting double negatives
- Encourage and help the child summarize what he or she is reading and also to write it down for better understanding and retention
- Show the students examples of what “good work” looks like and point out specific features of the characteristics that make it good work vs. poor work
- Break down larger reading assignments into small sections; highlight the most important part of a reading assignment
- Using lots of pictures, videos, computer generated models, helps students with LPD use their visual reasoning skills in order to understand the material and to express their own understanding
- Allow students to use visual models and projects as instead of written assignments or spoken presentations if possible
- It is very helpful to allow students to use multisensory materials and approaches
- Avoid using multiple choice items that require complex analysis of language; instead, focus only on the essential details and facts required to master the subject matter
- Allow students extra time to listen, think, process and form their own thoughts about the written and/or spoken material in the classroom
- Students may need to get extra clarification from the teacher so allow them to discuss assignments with the teach and also with other students if necessary
Treating Learning Processing Disorder
As far as “treatment” for those with LPD, speech and language therapy is the best method to treating this type of language disorder. Additionally, psychotherapy, counseling, or cognitive behavioral therapy may be recommended because of the possibility of related emotional or behavioral problems.
If you believe that your child has LPD and is having trouble in school, you owe it to yourself and your child to check out our programs here at Glenwood Academy. Call 410.489.6959 and schedule a campus visit and discover how successful our students with learning differences are.