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A strange article in the New York Times today about auditory processing. 

It was an article about Rosie O’Donnell’s son and his struggle with auditory processing problems.  It does portray her as a wonderful advocate for her struggling child and apparently with good results, but to describe auditory processing in the headline as “little known” is just plain wrong. 

And for an article about learning in the Science section of the NY Times not to mention brain plasticity or any of the “new” (last 15 years!!)  interventions — Tomatis based listening programs, and Fast ForWord for instance —  is certainly puzzling. 

This article reminds firms like Gemm Learning who are trying to make neuroscience based treatments for auditory processing disorder easy to use and mainstream that we are not there yet.  The idea that learning is not fixed, that the brain is plastic and capable of dramatic change if exercised appropriately, remains one the greatest discoveries and yet little known scientific discoveries of the last 50 years.

Here’s a link to the article and video: