Language Processing Disorder
A language processing disorder is often described interchangeably with an auditory processing disorder. The child shows difficulties with both receptive and expressive language, and for example, shows difficulties with learning the alphabet, their physical address, and phone number. It should be noted that people with language processing difficulties are at-risk readers, as reading is a language skill. Basic vocabulary knowledge is needed before one can attach more in-depth meaning to words.
Extensive research into both language processing disorders and auditory processing disorders show that early intervention can make a huge difference. Early indicators of a language processing disorder can be children who have delayed language development, only putting words together after the age of three and/or extreme articulation difficulties that persist after the age of five.
Once again this delay will be identified through the Pro Ed assessment process and specific recommendations and strategies will be given. Pro Ed is a multi-disciplinary team and referral to our Occupational Therapy team would be made to develop a treatment programme based on the child’s individual needs. Referrals to consultant Speech and Language Therapist and/or a paediatrician would be made if necessary.