How could a language disorder affect a student in a school academic setting?

How could a language disorder affect a student in a school academic setting?
Communication is a huge part of any academic setting, especially in early childhood and elementary school settings. Children who have speech and language disorders often have a hard time keeping up with their peers, despite having normal non-verbal intelligence. What are some ways that a speech-language disorder can affect academic achievement?

  • Following Directions: Language disorders can make following directions very difficult, especially directions involving multiple steps or many descriptive words.
  • Comprehending Orally Presented Materials: Children with language disorders often have difficulty understanding information presented orally, especially in noisy environments like the classroom.
  • Reading: Children with a language-based learning disorder will often have trouble learning to read, or will read at a level below their age.
  • Memory and Other Cognitive Tasks: Language can have a significant effect on the ability to commit information to memory which can greatly impact academic performance. Deficits in reasoning, problem solving, and organizational tasks may also result from a cognitive communication disorder.
  • Understanding Social Cues: Often children with language disorders have difficulty understanding how to use social cues, and may have difficulty interacting with peers.

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Language is the basis of communication. And it’s hard to underestimate just how essential it is to our daily lives.

Reading, writing, gesturing, listening, and speaking are all forms of language. We use language everyday to communicate our ideas to friends, family, peers, and colleagues.

This is why speech and language skills are absolutely essential to the social development and academic success of a child. Without a strong foundation in communication, children can struggle academically, experience low self-esteem, receive poor grades, and not set themselves up for future success.

Common communication disorders that can affect a child’s classroom performance include (but are not limited to):

  • Speech sound disorders: Difficulty pronouncing sounds

  • Language disorders: Difficulty understanding what they hear as well as expressing themselves with words

  • Cognitive-communication disorder: Difficulty with thinking skills including perception, memory, awareness, reasoning, judgment, intellect and imagination

How speech and language disorders affect learning

There are a number of ways speech and language disorders can affect a child’s success at school, including:

Difficult with language comprehension: Communication is key to a child’s ability to listen, speak, read, and write. However, children diagnosed with speech-language disorders often have difficulty processing verbal information. They may struggle to comprehend information that was presented, or even remember it at all--affecting their ability to follow instructions or complete assignments

Struggles with reading and writing: Language and verbal skills serve as the foundation for the development of reading and writing. In fact, research has shown that verbal skills are very influential on--if not necessary for--a child’s ability to read. Children must be able to associate sounds with letters, and then segment those apart from one another. In many cases, children with reading and writing problems also have trouble using language to communicate, think, and learn

Low self-esteem: As you can imagine, having a speech or language disorder can hurt a child’s confidence or belief in their abilities. For example, holding a meaningful conversion, socializing with peers, and speaking in public are life skills many children develop in the classroom. If a child doesn’t believe in their abilities, they may be held back in their social development

What are signs that a speech-language disorder is affecting my child’s ability to learn?

Children with communication disorders often perform at a poor or insufficient academic level. Signs you may notice at home or in the classroom include:

  • Not being able to read at grade level

  • Receiving poor grades or frequently being outpaced by their peers

  • Difficulty with testing and problem solving

  • Inability to hold a meaningful conversation

  • Difficulty expressing their thoughts through spoken or written language

  • Difficulty understanding or expressing language

  • Misjudging social cues

In many cases, the effects of a speech-language disorder can persist or worsen without appropriate interventions. This can affect a child’s future ability to succeed in school. For example, children who struggle to read and write may be held back an academic year. Additionally, children who struggle to process verbal information may be seen as ignoring their teacher or being defiant, which can lead to unnecessary punishment and be demoralizing for a child, discouraging future attempts to learn.

What should I do if I think my child has a speech or language delay?

Early interventions with children generally lead to better outcomes. If you suspect your child may have a speech or language delay, it's best to pursue an evaluation sooner rather than later. Developing speech and language skills before school starts will support better outcomes once a child enters the classroom.

When children start school, their progress is tracked and monitored by their teachers and school staff. Families or teachers may be the first to voice concerns and initiate a school evaluation. Diagnosis and treatment of children's communication problems can involve multiple people, including parents or caregivers, audiologists, psychologists, social workers, classroom teachers, special education teachers, guidance counselors, physicians, dentists, and nurses.

Including a speech-language pathologist, or speech therapist, in the evaluation process helps families know whether communication deficits are playing a role in a student’s academic performance. Speech therapists help children become effective communicators and problem-solvers, which leads to more successful and satisfying educational experiences and peer relationships.

Public schools in the U.S. are required to provide free and appropriate special education resources to students under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. If speech-language problems impact your child’s performance at school, evaluation and intervention should be initiated. However, schools may have limited resources, and families often search for additional support outside of school to help their child reach grade-level benchmarks. Insurance companies won’t cover speech-language therapy pertaining to academic goals--and paying out-of-pocket for private speech therapy can be challenging for many families.

How can teletherapy help with classroom performance?

As mentioned above, a speech therapist can help diagnose and treat speech-language disorders that may be affecting your little one. If speech therapy has been recommended, working with an online speech therapist has several advantages:

  • Teletherapy is more affordable: Practices have to pay for a lot of expenses that aren’t directly related to patient care: facility costs, marketing, support staff, overhead, etc. With teletherapy, these cost savings are passed down to the customer.

  • Flexible, convenient scheduling: Instead of spending time traveling to and from in-person therapy sessions, patients can schedule and attend appointments from the comfort of their own home. You also have greater flexibility to schedule sessions on the dates that work best, and at the times you prefer (mornings, nights, or weekends).

  • Just as effective as traditional therapy: So long as your receive care from an experienced and licensed speech-language pathologist, there is no difference in quality of care between teletherapy and in-person therapy. A landmark study from Kent State University showed that there was no significant difference in scores between students who participated in teletherapy versus on-site therapy

How can Expressable help?

Speech therapy with Expressable is just like traditional therapy, but sessions are held online with video conferencing software that our clients can access from the convenience of their home. Expressable can offer incredible therapy at a fraction of the price because our therapists focus on serving families instead of dealing with long commutes and administrative tasks. Find out if Expressable is right for you--schedule a free consultation with one of our licensed therapists today.

How does language processing disorder affect learning?

A language processing disorder can affect a child's ability to learn. It can also make it appear like a child is misbehaving. A child with LPD may hear a direction but not follow through because they do not understand it, then be reprimanded for not following the direction.

How is academic achievement affected by language development?

The evidence is compelling that a foundation in spoken language competence is important for the successful achievement of academic and social competence. Children with poor language skills are therefore at risk for reading and psychosocial problems. Language difficulties could be identified efficiently at school entry.

What are language disorders How does they affect language development and education?

Students with language disorders may have trouble understanding or being understood through all forms of communication — verbal, nonverbal, and written. This can cause difficulty understanding the meaning of words and putting words together to form an idea.

What does a language disorder affect?

Developmental language disorder (DLD) is a communication disorder that interferes with learning, understanding, and using language. These language difficulties are not explained by other conditions, such as hearing loss or autism, or by extenuating circumstances, such as lack of exposure to language.