Language Processing Disorder (LPD) Support Beyond Tutoring

An LPD is defined by the difficulty in receiving, recognizing and understanding language; it also involves difficulty expressing language. People with an LPD may have difficulty getting the meaning behind a joke. They may also experience frustration with having so much to say but not being able to verbally express it. Having an LPD can affect many areas of a student’s life including:


Language — vocabulary, grammar, spelling


Thinking in words

Types of Language Processing Disorders

Receptive (input) language issues involve difficulty understanding what others are saying.

Expressive (output) language issues involve difficulty expressing thoughts and ideas.

Mixed receptive-expressive language issues involve difficulty understanding and using spoken language.

Common Issues Associated with Learning Processing Disorders

Difficulty following directions: Students may process language at a slower rate than the rate at which it is spoken, and they will either miss information or tune out. 

Difficulty with vocabulary, pronunciation and grammar: Children with LPD tend to have an under-developed vocabulary and poor grammar skills compared to their peers.

Reading and comprehension difficulties: Reading requires accurate phonemic awareness and the ability to hear the sounds inside of words. This is a challenge for children with an LPD.

Attention deficits leading to frustration and behaviour problems: A student who has difficulty listening in class will lose focus due to exhaustion and/or lack of interest. Additionally, the noisy classroom environment can add more stress and lead to frustration for the student.

How We Support Students with LPDs

Using 1-to-1 Direct Instruction that teaches reading comprehension skills including answering text-based questions, locating information in a text, making inferences, determining main ideas and supporting details, and drawing conclusions

Teaching conversational skills by practicing answering academic questions aloud, gaining self-awareness around how students learn, and advocating for their learning needs to school

Incorporating pictures, models, and visual prompts for all classwork

Supporting the establishment of predictable routines and strategies that can be used both at home and in school

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