Language Disorders

A primary cause of language comprehension problems is difficulty creating a visual picture from the auditory information we hear. This is called weak concept imagery.

This challenge causes children to only get "parts" such as a few facts or details rather than the whole picture. Children with weak concept imagery have difficulty with understanding what they read, critical thinking, and may not easily follow directions or conversations. They may also have difficulty expressing ideas in an organized manner.

If they read well, but are severely unable to comprehend they may be labeled with hyperlexia, high-functioning autism, or with Asperger's. School-age children may experience the symptoms in their relationships and in school of an undiagnosed and concept imagery dysfunction. This causes weak:

  • Reading Comprehension: They have to reread material several times and often remember only a few details, rather than the "whole."
  • Oral Language Expression: They may seem shy and have difficulty organizing their language...or they may be talkative but scattered, relating information out of sequence.
  • Oral Language Comprehension: They connect to only part of a conversation and have difficulty responding relevantly and thinking logically. They may ask and re-ask the same question and are labeled "poor listener."
  • Written Language Skills: Their writing is often described as unorganized and nonspecific.

Our solutions at Family Tree use various programming based on age which includes: Talkies (R), Nancibell® Visualizing and Verbalizing for Language Comprehension and Thinking® (V/V®) which successfully stimulates concept imagery. This improves their language comprehension, reasoning for critical thinking, and expressive language skills. Our Floortime/DIR based intervention includes many early visualizing strategies that help to build on this later academic and relationship-based skill.