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Language Processing

The ability to process language efficiently, in all its forms, is key to effective communication and the successful acquisition of language-based learning skills e.g. literacy. Language processing difficulties are foundational cracks in an individual’s expressive, receptive, reading, and written development. When such cracks are discovered in expressive, verbal, or expressive/verbal and receptive/auditory systems, professionals use the term language disorder.

 

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association further defines language disorders as impaired comprehension and use of spoken, written, and/or other symbol systems. These impairments may involve the form of language the content of language and/or the function of language in communication in any combination.

 

There are two types of language disorders: expressive and expressive and receptive. If an individual’s expressive and receptive language skills are intact, but they nonetheless have difficulties with reading and written language, the umbrella term informally used by professionals is a language-based learning disability.

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Left untreated, these disabilities nearly always have a negative impact on literacy development, since language must first be mastered orally/expressively and auditorily.

 

Language disorders appear to be neurologically, developmentally based: an impairment of the brain s language processing functions. There’s a strong genetic link to individuals with language disorders.

 

A key difference in professionals labeling language disorders is the age at which they tend to be recognized. Most learning issues are not recognized until school age or beyond. Language disorders, however, generally surface earlier, in toddlers and preschool children, a time when the great emphasis is placed on learning to speak and to process language e.g., to follow instructions, understand linguistic concepts, and so on. Regardless of whether the disorder is mild or severe, without professional help, it will invariably impair a child’s ability to master literacy at some point during his or her school career.

 

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Auditory Processing

When an individual, eight years or older, is unable to distinguish sounds or words from background noise, auditory processing disorder is a likely diagnosis. However, an examination by an audiologist, along with a neuropsychological and speech-language evaluation must be performed to rule in or out attentional difficulties and/or language disorder (sometimes referred to as language processing disorder ).

 

Here is an in-depth look at Central Auditory Processing Disorders.

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What Causes APD(Auditory Processing Disorder)?

Doctors don’t really know exactly what causes Auditory Processing Disorder, but it may be linked to:

  • Illness. APD can happen after chronic ear infections, meningitis, or lead poisoning. 
  • Some people who have nervous system diseases, such as multiple sclerosis, also develop APD.
  • Premature birth or low weight.
  • Head injury.
  • Genes (APD may run in families).

Prognosis

 

Many people who have been diagnosed with language disorders and language-based learning difficulties have gone on to have prominent, successful lives. The success with which your child learns to master their disorder will be a function of several factors, including:

Testing

 

Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) and neuropsychologists specialize in diagnosing and treating language disorders. An SLP will assess how well your child listens, speaks, reads, and writes. Children deemed likely to face significant difficulties with expressive, or expressive and receptive language skills, are strongly advised to work with a professional, state-licensed, speech-language therapist.

 

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At Thеmbа Tutоrѕ, we are experts in how language and auditory disorders are evaluated, treated, and how they change over time as students grow and their academic challenges become more demanding. Tutoring students with learning disabilities is one of our expertise.

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What are the causes of language disorder?

Asides from genetics, it can include:

 

  • Premature birth.
  • Low birth weight.
  • Hearing loss.
  • Autism.
  • Cognitive disabilities.
  • Genetic disorders such as Down syndrome.
  • Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.
How do you know if you have auditory processing disorder?
  • Difficulty localizing sound in loud environments. 
  • Difficulty understanding spoken language in noisy backgrounds.
  • An audiologist will have to rule out any hearing loss. A speech-language pathologist will have to rule out a language disorder. A psychologist will have to rule out learning and attentional issues.
What are the types of language disorders?

Expressive language disorder: Compared to peers, individuals have reduced vocabulary or need more time to pull out their words, use more simplistic language (less sophisticated grammar), can have less fluent “speech,” and can have a harder time socializing in group conversations. Telling stories and explaining things is harder for those with expressive language issues. 

 

Mixed receptive-expressive language issues: When an individual has expressive language issues and also has trouble comprehending words, sentences, or stories compared to peers. This becomes more apparent when exposed to more complex grammar, longer utterances/sentences, and more sophisticated vocabulary.

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At Themba Tutors, we will let you know what kind of help you need once we set up a free intake. Knowing the student’s strengths and weaknesses is vital for helping the student with the challenges they’re facing. We offer services that include academic coaching and tutoring based on the student’s needs. We also offer a hybrid model for those students who need help with content and improving their underlying study skills. 

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