Implications in the Classroom
There are several challenges that teachers will experience when teaching a students with receptive language disorder. Below are the some possible challenges that teachers, parents, administrators, and the child may encounter.
From a child's perspective with RLD, it is a very frustrating experience. Often, any extraneous noise or visual clutter will interfere with the child's ability to listen and follow directions. The inability to follow directions leaves the child feeling helpless, confused, and frustrated and they often isolate themselves. This not only has academic implications but social implications as well. The child's will likely have poor social skills and have trouble making friends and connecting with other peers.
Teachers need to educate themselves as much as they can about RLD to insure that the child is getting what they need to succeed in their classroom. Going to resources such as Learn Alberta will inform teachers on how to assist their student with RLD on an academic, as well as on emotional levels. Once informed about the exceptionality the teacher can take the steps to make accommodations in their classroom for the child. Communication is the biggest challenge when it comes to teaching a child with RLD. Teachers will have to take steps to insure that the child is being included in the classroom and that the student feels comfortable expressing themself.
Parents with RLD face the same challenges with communicating with their child that a teacher may face. However, the parents may have set routines and strategies already in place with their child. Therefore, it is important that there is a clear line of communication between the parents and the teacher. When the parents see that the teacher is willing to partner with them to insure their child success, both parties can work together and support one another.
Other students in the classroom also face some challenges when one of their peers has RLD. Just as the child with RLD may feel frustrated with their exceptionality, other students may be frustrated and confused about communicating with the child. It is therefore imperative that other students in the classroom be made aware of RLD so that they can accept and empathize with the child's situation. Once other students understand RLD they will be able to properly communicate with the child and a stronger classroom community will result.