An individual with this condition may lack the processing capabilities in the brain that allow them to differentiate between similar sentences that use similar words. An individual may also appear to have a limited vocabulary, and may struggle to use or spell more complex words – particularly in comparison to their age group. This factor can provide a barrier to socialising and making friends, which can lead to a lack of confidence and a hesitancy in social situations.
This condition overlaps with a similar condition called Dyslexia, and it is common for an individual to have symptoms of other learning difficulties, including ADHD. The latter can affect a number of different learning difficulties, due to the symptoms having such a big impact on focus and attentiveness, making learning difficult.
If a young child seems to be progressing with their writing skills at a more gradual rate to other children, or appears to lack confidence with writing, then a child can be assessed for Written Language Disorder. Although as is the case with other conditions, it is advisable to monitor the symptoms for a while, as children usually develop at different rates – and so if one child is developing slower than another, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they have a specific condition.