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Over the years, we have collaborated with a multitude of specialists to help children with Auditory Processing Disorders (APD). Our APD Specialty Group understands that every diagnosis and treatment is an individual matter, evaluating all components of a larger picture for target-driven solutions. Consider us as your ultimate case management, treatment center and referral source that coordinates and cares for the total needs of your family and your child … now and for life.
The ability of the two ears to process sound in a balanced way, otherwise known as Dichotic Listening.
Dichotic listening skills play an important role in our ability to synthesize, manipulate, and/or attach meaning to multiple auditory targets. This will impact how quickly and accurately we can process speech in the presence of competing background noise (binaural integration), tune out distractions (binaural separation), and remember and/or act on information processed auditorily (interhemispheric transfer).
The ability of the auditory processing system to fill in the missing components of degraded speech (auditory closure) quickly and accurately.
This would include listening situations, such as when someone mumbles, talks rapidly, has a heavy accent, or when there is noise in the background. This inability to process discretely incoming auditory information creates problems with differentiating between similar sounding words, accurately understanding (or decoding) what is said, with sounding out words, hearing word ending discrimination, and significantly slows the rate at which we can hear and process speech.
The ability of the auditory processing system to extrapolate meaning or intent from the prosodic aspects of speech provided by variations in intonation (rhythm, pitch, stress).
Impaired processing of these subtle timing differences in speech can cause frequent misinterpretation of social cues and inaccurate understanding of the content or true intent of a verbal message. For example: Lookout the window vs. Look out! The window! Same sentence but two completely different messages using intonation to convey meaning.
There is no "one-size-fits-all" program for the many types of APD and the complex effects on other areas in life such as academic, social and self-esteem. We offer deficit-specific therapies using a system of research based and clinically proven programs. (In-person and Remote services)
We provide Case Counselors to be the "expert" on your child, identify and prioritize complex needs building a comprehensive plan. This may include facilitating the communication between schools, occupational or speech therapists, psychologists and other therapists so that everyone is working together.
We have years of experience in working with schools and helping parents navigate the varied opportunities available to their children. Whether a child has an IEP, 504, or simply needs appropriate accommodations or modifications in the classroom, we help families find and get what they need for their child.