Language-based learning disabilities refer to the relationship between spoken and written language. John Cardinal O’Connor focuses on instruction that is directed at remediating disabilities with age-appropriate reading, spelling, and writing. It is a common cause of students’ academic struggles, because weak language skills hinder comprehension and communication, which are the foundation for most school activities.
The key to supporting students with these difficulties is to adjust the curriculum and instruction appropriately to ensure that the student develops proficient language and literacy skills. Language-based learning at our Westchester County school is individualized, based on the level of severity, and directed at remediating disabilities with age-appropriate reading, spelling, and writing.
Some areas of focus are: expressing ideas clearly, learning new vocabulary, understanding questions, following directions, recalling numbers in sequence, understanding and retaining story details, reading and comprehending material, letter-sound identification, skills requiring directionality, learning the alphabet, confusion in the order of numbers, and telling time.