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Language-Based Learning Disabilities
Learning disabilities are unexpected difficulties in learning that do not align with an individual's developmental level or learning abilities. One type of learning disability is language-based, which affects both oral and written language skills.
Individuals with language-based learning disabilities may struggle with expressing ideas, comprehending concepts, and using language for reasoning and problem-solving. These difficulties can also impact social and emotional functioning beyond academic settings.
A receptive-language disorder is a condition that affects children's ability to comprehend and process language. Children with this disorder may experience:
Delays in language development compared to their peers
Challenges in following directions or understanding what has been said to them
Difficulty understanding the meaning of words
Difficulty keeping up with verbally-presented material
An expressive-language disorder is a condition that affects children's ability to communicate effectively. Children with this disorder may encounter various challenges, such as:
difficulty in constructing sentences
challenges finding the right words (often using general words to describe specific objects (example: using "thing" to describe a chair)
using past, present, and future tense incorrectly
having a limited vocabulary
omitting essential words like verbs and pronouns from sentences.
As a result of these challenges, their messages may appear disorganized and confusing to listeners.
Individuals diagnosed with mixed receptive-expressive language disorders encounter difficulties in both their receptive and expressive language abilities.
According to recent research by Hobson, H. M., and Lee, A. (2022), children with developmental language disorders (DLD) or language-based learning disabilities may often conceal or "camouflage" their disability.
This can manifest in behaviors such as imitating peers or siblings, avoiding tasks, using disruptive behaviors to evade tasks, nodding to feign comprehension, and relying on social skills.
Speech-language therapy is the most effective treatment for children with language disorders. These disorders can significantly impact a child's ability to communicate, learn, and form social connections. Therefore, it is crucial to seek therapy as soon as possible to prevent the gap between the child and their peers from widening.
If you would like to schedule a free consultation, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Aphasia, a common language disorder caused by brain damage, typically affects the left cortical hemisphere responsible for speech and language. Strokes, hemorrhages, and traumatic brain injuries are common causes of aphasia. Although there are various types of aphasia, individuals often present with a combination of symptoms that do not fit neatly into a specific category. As a speech therapist, my focus is on treating symptoms and helping individuals communicate effectively in their daily lives. If you are experiencing language difficulties, please feel free to contact me for a complimentary consultation.
Broca's Aphasia is a type of non-fluent aphasia. Speech output is often reduced, the person often has word finding difficulties (also known as anomia) and substitutes one word or sound for another (also known as paraphasias). Writing is typically similar to verbal output.
Wernicke's Aphasia is a type of fluent aphasia. Individuals with Wernicke's aphasia have intact fluency, but often what they say does not make sense. This individual lacks awareness to notice or fix the issue.
Transcortical Motor Aphasia is a type of non-fluent aphasia. It is a rare type of aphasia. Auditory comprehension is relatively intact, but verbal output is greatly reduced. Severity ranges from mild to severe.
Transcortical Motor Aphasia
Transcortical Sensory Aphasia is a type of fluent aphasia. It is very similar to Wernickes in that speech is fluent, but lacks meaning. A big differentiator between the two conditions is that individuals with Transcortical Sensory Aphasia have preserved repetition.
Transcortical Sensory Aphasia
Mixed Transcortical Aphasia is a type of non-fluent aphasia. Auditory comprehension, reading, and writing are often impaired; however, repetition of complex words and sentences are intact.
Mixed Transcortical Aphasia
Conduction Aphasia is a type of fluent aphasia. A hallmark sign of this aphasia is the severely impaired repetition. Individuals with Conduction Aphasia often anticipate and self-correct errors.
Global Aphasia is a type of non-fluent aphasia. Deficits in all areas of language, including auditory comprehension, reading, writing, and spoken language are all impaired.
Anomic Aphasia is a type of fluent aphasia. Naming is disproportionately impaired in comparison to other language skills, which are relatively not impacted.