What is a Comprehension Disorder?

Other Names

The Learning Disabilities Association defines comprehension disorder as a disorder that, “Affects attaching meaning to sound groups that form words, sentences and stories.” For more information click here.

Language Processing Disorder


  • Has difficulty gaining meaning from spoken language
  • Demonstrates poor written output
  • Exhibits poor reading comprehension
  • Shows difficulty expressing thoughts in verbal form
  • Has difficulty labeling objects or recognizing labels
  • Is often frustrated by having a lot to say and no way to say it
  • Feels that words are “right on the tip of my tongue”
  • Can describe an object and draw it, but can’t think of the word for it
  • May be depressed or having feelings of sadness
  • Has difficulty getting jokes
    • Source IDA.org