Language therapy is important.
Language is our cognitive and expressive abilities to join our world. It enables us to write our thoughts, verbalize our thoughts, organize our thoughts, write music, draw beautiful pictures, and become the creative beings that we are. It is our contact point with the world around us. Therefore, early diagnosis of language disabilities is essential. We must catch these children early and not say “let’s wait and see another 6 months.” Regardless of diagnosis, we need to produce language productive children and adults. Therapy should always be contextual. This is essential to the generation of language.
Varying types of disabilities may cause a disorder of language in children, the most prominent cause being Autism Spectrum Disorder. Literature proves that early diagnosis of any language delay promotes a healthier language system as the child progresses through school. To catch it early, will reduce effects of language based-learning disabilities. It will not prevent them, but it will help the child and family in the future. It will provide an avenue for abstraction to occur in both reading and writing skills as the child progresses through school.
Head trauma is another cause of language based issues. The head trauma may cause attentional issues as well as delays in progress of language skills or a short term need for therapy to provide support as the brain heals from concussion syndrome. Less is always better in this case, but therapy will help the school reduce the pressure of the daily assignments and enhance the ability of the student to gradually find his way back to his prior state.
Always remember, language is the most critical aspect of learning. Without a good language foundation, the learning process is always in jeopardy.
Questions or thoughts you may have related to APT testing and language disorders:
- Does your child play sports that a concussion may have occurred – soccer, football, hockey?
- Has your child been having difficulty with reading?
- Has your child been having difficulty with reading comprehension?
- Does your child have difficulty organizing his/her thoughts – verbally or in writing?
- Is your older child having difficulty using more complex sentence forms in written language?
- Does your child have difficulty with word problems in math?
- Does your child have problems following verbal commands in the classroom?
- If your child has had a sports related concussion what has your follow up been and who referred you to follow up?
- Have you seen a neurologist or neuropsychologist for a sports related head injury?