I was struck by the fact that the mother had no idea that part of her son’s problem was language based. At 11 or 12 he was screaming trying to convey a message that she could not understand in frustration he began flapping, crying and screaming. In spite of, being very verbal he could not use his language to express his ideas. My daughter has had similar difficulty dealing with overwhelming emotions and is hindered by areas of lagging executive functioning, limited emotional vocabulary, and poor problem solving skills in spite of above grade level language abilities. So when she is upset similar to this child she also use to throw tantrums. So this scene was somewhat familiar to me.
The take away in this scenario is that kids can have immense vocabulary and still not be able to use language effectively when needed. They can have the ability to tell you the origin of every species of bird or relate complex ideas about history to current political events and still have language-based learning disorders because they are unable to use language effectively.
Do you have any thoughts and experiences that either support or negate this idea? I would love to hear from you.