Imagine yourself in a country where everyone only speaks a foreign language you’ve never even heard of before. That’s exactly how people struggling from Language Processing Disorder (LPD), feel. Due to this neurological problem, they have big difficulties when it comes to understanding what others say and expressing what they want to say themselves. Check out this pdf file for more information.
If your child:
- has difficulties understanding what you say when you speak to them;
- can’t easily understand a written text;
- struggles to express his thoughts using words;
- can show and draw a subject but can’t find a word for it;
- can’t follow multi-step directions, especially spoken,
He might have Language Processing Disorder and you should talk to a neuropsychologist.
Luckily, if your child has LPD, there are many ways that you can help. There exist different strategies that you can follow, which will eventually improve the child’s listening, writing, reading, and speaking skills, and help him achieve anything he wants. You’ll get the best results if you combine your strengths with an audiologist, a speech-language pathologist and a pediatrician: the professionals will find an individual approach for your child and help him overcome the challenge that is LPD.
What you can do to help?
- Speak slowly and clearly, using short and simple sentences.
- Use visuals, such as models and pictures, to communicate with your child.
- Give clear directions, using examples. For instance, instead of telling your child to get ready for school, tell him to brush his teeth, take his bag and put on his jacket.
- Use graphic organizers to help your child take notes from textbooks.
- Don’t rush your child: let him take his time to comprehend what you’ve said and to come up with a response.
- When you speak to the child, ask him to say what he heard in his own words. Restating something will be easier than saying something completely new, and you’ll be able to identify errors in your child’s speech and help him correct them.