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Wayne L. Klein, PhD

Neuropsychological Assessment of Children & Adults; Couples & Individual Psychotherapy Offices in Franklin, MA & Spaulding Center for Children, Sandwich, MA
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VERBAL LEARNING DISABILITIES

Types of Language Processing Deficits


Attention - the words never register or can't be held in working memory for processing. Can be seen in ADHD

Primary Auditory - can't hear OR just listening consumes available cognitive resources

Central AuditoryProcessing - difficulty processing language through auditory channel, but understands better when reading Auditory Processing books

Weak vocabulary - leaves gaps in comprehension

Expressive Language Deficit: difficulty pronouncing words, thinking of the right word, retrieivng the words fast enough to speak, or difficulty putting words in order so as to make sense.


Syntactic Processing weakness
difficulty utilizing meaning embedded in word order. For example:
Dr. Stein killed a moose. Who died?Unclear if the moose or the doctor died.
The wolf who chased the goat, was eaten by a monster. Who was eaten? Thinks the goat was eaten.


Receptive Language Deficit is difficulty understanding language. This may entail a central auditory processing deficit or a more general language processing deficit such as impaired syntactic comprehension

Visual Thinker on steroids this is the person who thinks in pictures and must translate into words to communicate. These learners learn best with maximum visual materials.


Reading Disabilty is another type of Verbal Learning Disability




 

 The Emotional Impact