What is language processing disorder?

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What is language processing disorder?

A language processing disorder is when somebody demonstrates difficulties attaching meaning to language based information. That can occur on several levels. In younger children, it can mean they have a hard time with vocabulary or concept development. For instance, anything on wheels is a car, whether it's a truck, a van, a bus; it's a car. That would be an example, at a lower level, of language processing. At a higher level of processing, when you're talking about a Fourth Grader or a Fifth Grader, they have to start thinking in more abstract terms. As we add complexities to sentence structure or to language. They have to be able to infer what that means. On a higher level, you have to add more meaning to what you are hearing so it becomes more abstract. When a Fourth or Fifth Grader, it's going to look like, "I'm not understanding what I'm reading. It's too abstract."

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Speech Pathologist

As a Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Neurodevelopmental Learning Institute/Brain Enhancement Institute, Erin Kayem is a Licensed Speech Language Pathologist, with a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech Language and Hearing Association.

Erin graduated from the University of Manitoba, Canada, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Linguistics. She also graduated from the University of North Dakota with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Disorders. Once completing her undergraduate work, Erin went on to obtain her Master of Science degree in Speech Pathology from Fort Hays State University in Kansas.

Erin has had extensive experience working with children of all ages in various medical and clinical settings. This has given her a strong background in all areas of child and adolescent speech and language delays/disorders, including, neurogenic speech and language disorders, oral motor and swallowing disorders, voice disorders and apraxia. Erin also specializes in the treatment of auditory processing disorders and other learning disabilities as they relate to speech and language development. She is a national speaker, author, trainer, and mother. Her years of dedication to the field have helped both children and adults.

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