Processing and Comprehension

Children with processing difficulties may:

  • Need instructions given to them 1:1 rather than group
  • Need instructions repeated
  • Not produce much written work
  • Not contribute to group discussions
  • Engage in distracting behaviour, of self and others
  • Copy other children
  • Complete tasks inappropriately
  • Ask repeatedly for further information
  • Disengage from the lesson
  • Need more time to respond
  • Respond inappropriately to questions e.g. How old are you?  “Okay”

Children who are experiencing difficulty in the areas of processing and comprehension may also have problems with attention and listening and vocabulary development. Some may have an ability to use language in conversation at a higher level than their processing capacity.

There are a number of reasons why a child might be having difficulty with processing and comprehension:

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Last updated: 22 October 2015

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