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Processing Deficit (Language) (3B)

A language processing deficit refers to an individual's difficulty with either phonological processing or syntactic awareness. Phonological processing is the ability to associate sounds with letters or combinations of letters. Syntactic awareness is the ability to understand the basic grammatical structure of language.
Students with processing deficits in language may have difficulties with reading comprehension, spelling, or decoding. These students have difficulty with making connections between words and the ideas they represent, expressing ideas clearly, learning new vocabulary, reading and comprehending material, understanding questions and following directions that are heard and/or read. Problems with phonological processing can impact reading comprehension, reading speed, and fluency. The process of translating print to speech sounds is very labor intensive for students with phonological processing difficulties which can slow down their processing and impact reading fluency and comprehension.

Formal Diagnostics

A language based learning disability is diagnosed by a speech pathologist.

Intake Questions

  • Do you have difficulty sounding out new words?
  • Do you read slowly in order to comprehend text?
  • Do you have difficulty connecting words to their meanings?
  • Do you confuse words and their meanings?
  • What accommodations or strategies have been effective in the past?


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