• How may a speech-language disorder affect school performance?

    Language is the basis of communication. Listening, speaking, reading, writing and gesturing are all forms of language. Learning takes place through the process of communication. The ability to communicate with peers and adults in the educational setting is essential for a student to succeed in school.

    In the classroom, children with communication disorders may:
    *Struggle with reading
    *Have difficulty understanding and expressing language
    *Misunderstand social cues
    *Avoid attending school
    *Show poor judgment
    *Have difficulty with tests.

    Difficulty in learning to listen, speak, read, or write can result from problems in language development. Problems can occur in the production, comprehension, and awareness of language sounds, syllables, words, sentences, and conversation. Individuals with reading and writing problems also may have trouble using language to communicate, think, and learn.