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The Differences between Verbal and Non-Verbal Language Based Learning Disabilities

Once a child has been diagnosed with a disability, parents have a starting point for creating a plan that will help their child be more successful in school and life. There are many resources available today that will help them learn more about their child’s disability and the options they have to help them live a better life. One fact that parents must understand about language based learning disabilities is that they start in childhood and will remain for the child’s lifetime.

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The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association defines a language-based learning disability as having problems with reading, spelling, or writing age-appropriate material. Learning language is a pathway that starts with the child paying attention, hearing, seeing, perceiving, processing, remembering, and functioning. A problem in any area of the pathway can prevent them from being able to understand what others are saying to them.

Verbal language based learning disabilities are those in which the child is unable to interpret sounds. The severity may occur on a variety of levels, and in only one area or more. One child may experience difficulty with listening comprehension, while another child also has problems sounding out words or expressing themselves. Skills and abilities can be improved with the appropriate approach to learning. Attending schools for children with learning difficulties like John Cardinal O’Connor is important for children with this type of learning disability, since they rely on improving their language and literacy skills through the right type of studies.

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Diagnosing Verbal Language Based Disabilities

A speech pathologist has the training and expertise to evaluate a child’s ability to listen, speak, and write. In many cases, the need for diagnosis is the result of a teacher having noticed the child having difficulty in one or more areas. However, they will also look at the child’s behavior at home and learn what types of exposure they have that might impact their language skills.

Non-Verbal Language Based Learning Disabilities

Non-verbal language based learning disabilities, or NLDs, can be more difficult to recognize in children. Where children with verbal based disabilities are unable to translate words and sounds into meanings, those with non-verbal disabilities are unable to recognize and translate things like facial expressions or different voice tones..

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Most academic accomplishments are measured according to language based communication. According to an article in LD Online, more than 65% of all communication is non-verbal. This is why, in spite of the greater likelihood of a verbal-based disability being to blame for a child’s difficulty in school, the possibility of an NLD should not be overlooked. Treating Verbal and Non-Verbal Language Based Learning Disabilities

Placing children in schools for learning disabilities will give them the advantage they need to excel. Experienced teachers know how to evaluate each child to determine the areas of language that is causing their difficulty and take an approach to education that will help them excel. Remediating learning disabilities through the appropriate writing, reading, and spelling will help children develop proficient language and literacy skills according to their specific needs.

Sources:

  1. http://www.asha.org/public/speech/disorders/LBLD.htm
  2. http://www.ldonline.org/article/Nonverbal_Learning_Disorders\

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