Language Processing Disorder
What it is and How to Intervene
Language processing difficulties refer to a specific type of Auditory Processing Disorder (APD). A problem referred to as Language Processing Disorder (LPD) relates only to the processing of language. LPD can affect expressive language (what you say) and/or receptive language (how you understand what others say) (LDA, 2018).
- Difficulty deriving meaning from spoken language.
- Demonstrates poor written output.
- Indications of poor reading comprehension.
- Difficulty expressing thoughts in verbal form.
- Difficulty labeling objects or recognizing labels.
- Exhibits frustration due to having a lot to say and no way to say it.
- The feeling that words are “right on the tip of my tongue”.
- Can describe an object and draw it, but can’t think of the word for it.
- Signs of depression or having feelings of sadness.
- Difficulty understanding jokes.
- Speak slowly and clearly.
- Use simple sentences to provide information.
- Speech and language therapy is highly recommended.
- Allow tape recorder for note taking.
- Write main concepts on board.
- Provide peer tutor (support).
- Visualization techniques to enhance listening and comprehension.
- Graphic organizers for note taking from lectures or books.
- Story starters for creative writing assignments.
- Practice story mapping.
- Use of questions and visualization strategies .
Dr. Lamprou, 2018