Some have difficulty understanding what others are saying, others find it challenging to express their own thoughts, ideas, and feelings. As a parent, this can be disheartening to watch. A language disorder is a type of communication disorder that makes it difficult to use, process, and comprehend language. Children with language disorders might have trouble understanding what other people are saying and expressing their own needs or feelings. While many people associate language with verbal communication, language can actually take a variety of forms. It can affect our vocabulary, reading abilities, sentence structure, gestures, discourse, and written language.
What Teachers Need to Know About Language Disorders
Mixed receptive-expressive language disorder - Wikipedia
A language disorder is a deficit or problem with any function of language and communication. Speech and language disorders are extremely common. They can range from slow acquisition of language to sound substitution or stuttering to the inability to understand or produce and language at all. Speech and language pathologists and neurologists doctors who specialize in the brain and nervous system have known for about years that certain areas in the left hemisphere of the brain—Broca's area in the posterior frontal lobe and Wernicke's area in the temporal lobe—are centrally involved in language functions. Damage to Broca's area results in problems with language fluency: shortened sentences, impaired flow of speech, poor control of rhythm and intonation, and a telegraphic style with missing inflections. Damage to Wernicke's area produces speech that is fluent and often rapid, but with relatively senseless content, many invented words, and word substitutions.
This happens to all of us occasionally, when our mind is moving along in conversation and suddenly loses the thread. But for a child who has a language processing disorder, this can be their constant reality and find themselves continually stuck, unable to express themselves and unable to follow the conversation. Over time, you can imagine how frustrating and challenging this communication disorder can be and how discouraged children who have language processing disorder may feel. The more you can learn about the characteristics of language processing disorders the more you can help and assist these children develop relationships and share their thoughts and feelings. In this article, we will talk about what a language disorder is and the characteristics of a language processing disorder in children.
Children with language disorder struggle with both understanding and speaking language. It is distinct from speech sound disorder, which consists of problems producing sound. In this guide you'll learn how language disorder appears in children, how it is diagnosed and how it's treated. Language disorder is a communication disorder characterized by persistent difficulties in the acquisition and use of language.