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We want our community to know that we are OPEN and continuing to serve students and families. The Groves Learning Center is offering online one-to-one tutoring and speech-language therapy and is scheduling in-person diagnostic assessments. We continue to accept applications to our Summer Programs through Friday, June 5. Please contact us as we are ready to answer all your questions and create an individualized plan to serve your needs. For updates on COVID-19, click here.

Language Processing Resources

What is Language Processing Disorder?

People with Language Processing Disorder (LPD) have difficulty understanding and making sense of the words they hear. It is a neurological problem that can affect expressive language (what you say) and/or receptive language (how you understand what others say). Poor written expression and reading comprehension as well as difficulty expressing thoughts verbally may be symptoms of the disorder. Those struggling with LPD are often frustrated by having a lot to say and no way to say it. Often they can describe or draw and object, but can’t think of the word for it, despite feeling it is right on the tip of their tongue.

Children with LPD have trouble:

  • Following multistep directions.
  • Following spoken directions.
  • Rhyming, reading, spelling, and writing.
  • Understanding and joining in conversations with peers and adults.
  • Understanding vocabulary and sentence structure.

Find Educational Resources for Language Processing

If your student is struggling academically and shows signs of LPD, early intervention is crucial. The Learning Center at Groves Academy offers comprehensive assessments for children and young adults with speech and language concerns. If a diagnosis is confirmed, our certified speech-language pathologist will work with you to develop an individualized treatment plan. Students enrolled in our school may receive speech and language services as part of their school day.

Strategies to Assist Language Processing

If a diagnosis of LPD is confirmed, our certified speech-language pathologist will work with you to develop an individualized treatment plan. Some speech-language therapies may focus on:

  • Improving listening skills
    • Use visualization techniques to enhance listening and comprehension
  • Working on ways for the child to be a successful learner at school and in the community, such as:
    • Speaking slowly and clearly, using simple sentences to convey information.
    • Writing main concepts on the board.
    • Using a support person or peer tutor.
    • Use a tape recorder for note-taking.
    • Using graphic organizers for note-taking from lectures or books.
    • Use story starters for creative writing assignments.
    • Practice story mapping.