Speech and Language Difficulties

What are Language-based Learning Difficulties?

Language-based learning disabilities are problems with age-appropriate reading, spelling and/or writing. This disorder is not about how smart a person is. Most people diagnosed with learning disabilities have average to superior intelligence.

What are some signs or symptoms of a Language-based Learning Disability?

Dyslexia has been used to refer to the specific learning problem of reading. The term language-based learning disability, or just learning disabilities, is better because of the relationship between spoken and written language. Many children with reading problems have spoken language problems.

The child with dyslexia has trouble almost exclusively with the written (or printed) word. The child who has dyslexia as part of a larger language learning disability has trouble with both the spoken and the written word.

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These problems may include difficulty with the following:


How Therapies for Kids can help

speech-language pathologist is part of a team consisting of the parents/caregivers and educational professionals (i.e., teacher(s), special educators, psychologist). We can evaluate spoken (speaking and listening) and written (reading and writing) language for children who have been identified as having difficulty.

For preschool students, your Speech Pathologist may do any or all of the following:
For the older child, the Speech Pathologist may also do any or all of the following:
For all children, the Speech Pathologist will also provide a complete language evaluation and also look at articulation and executive function. Executive functioning is the ability to plan, organize, and attend to details (e.g., do they plan/organize their writing? Are they able to keep track of assignments and school materials?).

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