Language-Based Learning Disability

Language-Based Learning Disability (reading spelling and writing) is the term used to describe children who are having problems with age-appropriate reading, writing and/or spelling. This disorder is not about how smart the person is. In fact, most children diagnosed with Language-Based Learning Disabilities have average to above-average intelligence.

Language-Based Learning Disability is not Dyslexia. Children with dyslexia have difficulties with written language. Children with Language-Based Learning disabilities have difficulty with the spoken and written forms of language.

There are many symptoms of Language-Based Learning Disabilities. Commonly a child will have difficulty

  • Expressing ideas clearly
  • Learning new vocabulary
  • Understanding questions and following directions that are heard or read
  • Understanding and retaining details of a story
  • Reading and comprehending materials
  • Understanding concepts such as left and right, before and after
  • Identifying the sounds that correspond to letters, making learning to read difficult
  • Spelling
  • Understanding the instructions to complete a worksheet
  • Understanding the subtle meaning in stories (the inferred meaning, the main idea, the themes)

If your child is falling behind at school and having difficulty maintaining grade-appropriate success academically the first place to start is a speech and language assessment.