Could Your Child’s Speech and Language Skills be Holding them Back?

Language learning disorders can cause academic problems. Speech therapy can help!When it comes to school, most parents are concerned with their child studying, and doing their homework to keep up with the classroom material and keep pace with their peers. But sometimes, studying and paying attention in the classroom aren’t enough for a child to succeed. Many children have subtle difficulty with speech or language skills that may be holding them back in the classroom. Learning takes place through communication, and speech and language problems can disrupt a child’s learning process. Here are just a few of the ways speech, language, and communication can affect a child in a school setting:

Following Directions: Language disorders can make following directions very difficult, especially directions involving multiple steps or many descriptive words. Many educators misinterpret this difficulty as a child not paying attention or not putting enough effort into the task.

Word Retrieval or Reduced Vocabulary: A child with a language disorder may continually grope for the correct word during conversation or overuse general, non-specific words such as “stuff” and “thing” in descriptions. This can result in reduced quality in written work and classroom presentations.

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 language disorder.

Understanding Social Cues: Some communication disorders affect a child’s ability to  understand and use social cues that come naturally to others. This can cause problems bonding with peers or be misinterpreted by teachers as being rude or disruptive. Over time, this can significantly damage a child’s self-esteem and classroom performance.

If you think your child’s communication skills may be holding them back in school, a speech-language pathologist can help! Speech-language pathologists can help a child improve communication skills and learn strategies that can help them succeed in the classroom.

For information on our New York based Speech-Language Pathology services, please call Speech Associates of New York today at (212) 308-7725 or visit our website at and find out how our team of professionally trained and certified speech-language pathologists can help!

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