Archive for the "Auditory Processing" Category

How Auditory Processing Difficulties Affect Children with Autism

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As a parent of a child or children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), you may have noticed that around preschool age or even earlier, they’d cover their ears even when you didn’t think there was that much noise about. Maybe they hummed around people talking or other noises, or that those situations made them seem distressed. Perhaps they’ve not moved when you asked them to do something, …


The Social and Academic Impact of APD

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The social and academic impact of APD can sometimes go unnoticed. Individuals with APD often have difficulty understanding and interpreting what they hear. They can listen attentively to speech that is clear and loud, yet still receive a muddled, confusing message. This can lead to a number of social and academic challenges.

Symptoms of Auditory Processing Disorder include:

Difficulty fo…


Progress Is Possible

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I recently spoke with the parent of a special needs child who has made significant gains using Fast ForWord. Some of this progress is in areas that she’d always been told would never improve. When I asked if she had any advice for other parents, she said, “I didn’t know that this was something that my child with Down Syndrome would be able to do, and he has.” As a result, she wanted othe…


The Effect of Music on Learning

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Imagine how much more stressful a lengthy car ride or traffic jam would be without our trusted stereo system. Music can help reduce anxiety, promote focus and calm, and even energize us. Many doctors play selected songs or genres of music while performing medical procedures. A number of athletes use headphones to play chosen songs before a game or competition to help tune out distractions, so th…


Understanding Language Processing Disorders

Language processing disorders, Gemm Learning

Language processing disorders impact the way an individual receives or delivers information. Whether it’s difficulty understanding what’s been said and/or communicating thoughts and ideas, the end result is the same. The message is unclear. This lack of clarity can lead to social and academic challenges that impact development. As with all learning issues, early identification and intervention…


Improving Auditory Processing Helped Benjamin In and Out of the Classroom

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Benjamin really didn’t like spelling. During home school lessons with his mother, he often became frustrated and mixed up vowel sounds. They tried a few different programs, working at a kindergarten level, though he was in second grade. But the mistakes and challenges continued. As a result, his mother began to suspect that Benjamin was having difficulty hearing.

Although Benjamin passed th…