What is a Language-Based Learning Disability?

Instructor: Allison Camps

Allison has taught in elementary school inclusion classrooms and has her master's degree in Special Education.

This lesson will define a language-based learning disability and provide you with warning signs. It will also help you support students with a language-based learning disability by providing you strategies and interventions.

What Is a Language-Based Learning Disability?

What do Walt Disney, Albert Einstein, Jay Leno and Magic Johnson all have in common? They all have a language-based learning disability.

When people hear 'language-based learning disability,' they often think of dyslexia. Dyslexia, a disability characterized by trouble understanding and formulating written language, is the most recognizable form of language-based learning disabilities. But LBLDs cover more than just the written language.

A language-based learning disability (LBLD), as the name suggests, is a disability that involves difficulty with age-appropriate reading, writing and/or speaking. For example, you would expect a preschooler to have trouble spelling his or her full name. You would not expect a third grader to have the same problem. This third grader is having trouble with age-appropriate spelling and may have a LBLD.

Signs of a Language-Based Learning Disability

Signs of a LBLD often start when young children have trouble with the spoken language. As children get older, they begin to also develop difficulties with written language. The list below provides you with some common warning signs of a LBLD.

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