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Joined: Jun 12, 2005
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Posted Oct 18, 2005 at 7:34:35 AM
Subject: auditory processing test

school finally got their way and pressured me into having my daughter assessed for an auditory processing problem...

the results showed that dd couldn't manage sentences longer than 11-12 words and had a digit span of around 5...
working memory low

he gave her an 11/10 for hearing - more than perfect he stated
but for listening and muffled background noises, he gave her a 3/10.. he said that her results were similar to a 7 - 8 yr old child..

the educational audiologist told me that over his 40 yrs of working with kids, 90% of cases sort themselves out by the time the child is around 15..
she is only 10!!

he also said that even though she has auditory problem, these problems should not be causing her other issues..
i spoke with her paediatrician who basically said 'no surprise, it can be a comorbid of adhd'.. so hey great, she has both problems to deal with...

questions: what can be done to improve this?? does this really ever go away??

thanks in advance...

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Brookelea
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Posted:Oct 20, 2005 7:38:11 PM

will someone please respond??? :(

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victoria
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Posted:Oct 21, 2005 12:05:09 AM

You need Pattim, who works in speech and language, but I haven't seen her around lately. You could send her a pm and see if she can respond.

A lot of the rest of us are all in support but we don't post unless we have some real knowledge to share.

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Beth from FL
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Posted:Oct 21, 2005 12:11:44 PM

My son has been diagnosed with both CAPD and ADD-inattentive. People approach this differently. Patti, who Victoria referred to, feels that in her daughter's case and other cases the ADD must be addressed to see gains. We took the opposite approach of working on the auditory processing and other learning disabilities first. I did this because auditory processing can be clinically verified while ADD is based mostly on symptoms. In other words, I was sure about the auditory processing deficits but less sure about the ADD, despite the neurologist's diagnosis.

Auditory processing can be improved. We have done Fast Forward, sound therapy (The Listening Program), Earobics, Interactive Metronome, and Neuronet therapy. What to do depends on your child's exact profile. My son's issues have been primarily integration, which has a motor aspect to it. He did have issues with sound in noise but those disappeared over time with therapy as did his inability to distinguish sounds he heard.

There is a book by Terri Bellis that is parent friendly and another one called Sound through the Water which is a mother's personal account of CAPD.

Both CAPD and ADD can cause inattention. In our case, it has only become clear (at least to me) that my son is ADD as his auditory processing has improved. The neurologist basically told me that kids with severe learning disabilities (like my son) are almost always ADD.

Beth

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Brookelea
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Posted:Oct 22, 2005 7:14:26 AM

thanks!!

i asked the audiologist about the listening program and he scoffed at it... he basically told me that the only thing that could improve the problem was age and maturity.. thus why i felt like i had been left to hang and dry..

his other suggestion was to use visual stimuli but that doesn't help her either.. she has the same issues visually.. she could read something and then totally forget what she just read.. or not even understand what she just read.. misinterpret the entire sentence or paragraph..

other than the listening program, the other forms of therapy are not available in my city..

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Beth from FL
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Posted:Oct 22, 2005 3:35:01 PM

There really isn't much research supporting listening type programs (and thus the dismissing of it) but we did see a difference. My son was much more teachable after doing The Listening Program. It is a low level of sound therapy, very safe, and you could do it on your own. I actually did a different sound therapy myself and have been surprised at what a difference it made. I now can remember phone numbers. I used to be able to, although not easily, but with age, I really was having trouble. I had to listen to messages on my answering machine multiple times and even then I often had to give up. Now I can take down numbers.

Earobics can be obtained over the internet. It is cheap--about $70 and useful. The only issue is whether or not your child can do it. Mine couldn't before he did other therapy but kids are different.

Beth

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Brookelea
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Posted:Oct 27, 2005 8:30:22 AM

thanks beth :)

ld's are so costly!!

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