• How do speech, language, and hearing disorders affect learning?

    Communication skills are critical to cognitive development and learning.  Reading, writing, gesturing, listening, and speaking are all forms of language--a code we learn to use in order to communicate ideas.  Learning takes place through the process of communication. The ability to participate in active and interactive communication with peers and adults in school is essential for a student to succeed in school.

    Why are speech and language skills so critical for literacy?

    Spoken language provides the foundation for the development of reading and writing. Spoken and written language have a reciprocal relationship - each builds on the other to result in general language and literacy competence.  This process starts in early childhood and continues into adulthood.

    What are signs that a communication disorder is affecting school performance?

    Children with communication disorders may struggle academically, have problems with reading, have difficulty understanding and expressing language, misunderstand social cues, avoid attending school, show poor judgment, or have difficulty taking tests. Difficulty in learning to listen, speak, read, or write can result from problems in language development. Problems can occur in the production, comprehension, or awareness of language at the sound, syllable, word, sentence, or conversation levels. Individuals with reading and writing problems also may experience difficulties in using language strategically to communicate, think, and learn. 

Last Modified on October 21, 2011