6 Tips to Help with Gagging and Sound Irritation

Gagging and Sound Irritation

Does your child cover their ears and yell when they hear someone chewing food? Do they react to the sound of coughing and sneezing? Does your child gag when they watch people eat?  Are they able to chew and swallow food without retching? There are two sets of symptoms to describe gagging and sound irritation. The latter […]

Auditory Processing: Memory, Organization and Integration

Auditory Memory

In a seven part series, I covered the multiple components involved with an Auditory Processing Disorder. I opened the discussion by describing the multi-system approach and moved into the sensory component to auditory processing, auditory discrimination, auditory hyper-sensitivity, auditory extraction, as well as auditory attention and distractibility. This final article in the series will introduce […]

Reading Challenges? When to Suspect Vision as a Culprit

accommodative insufficiency

I earned a degree in education and was an elementary school teacher before my current role as administrator and head therapist for The Vision Improvement and Sensory Learning Programs. I now look back and wonder what kind of teacher I would have been if I knew then what I know now, especially with regard to […]

Is it Auditory Attention or Auditory Distractibility?

Auditory Distraction

For those who have been following this series on the multi-system approach to Auditory Processing Disorder (APD), you have learned that APD is indeed a multifaceted disorder. I discussed Auditory Awareness – an ism of the awareness of the presence of sound, demonstrated by the child not responding to sound, its source and its location. […]

Auditory Extraction – Getting the Key Message

Charlie Brown Teacher

I opened this series with an overview discussion about the Multi-System approach to Auditory Processing Disorders.  According to this system-integrated model developed by this professional, the six main systems involved in auditory processing are: 1. The cognitive system 2. The executive functioning system 3. The auditory system 4. The language system 5. The behavioral and […]

Was My Child’s Vision Exam Enough?

Comprehensive Vision Exam

So if I were to ask, “How many of you enjoy your child’s school conference with the teacher?” do you think I would get a large number saying that it is something they look forward to and enjoy? Probably not! For many parents of children that are struggling in school, it can be quite an […]

Medical Student Hates to Read? Adult Perspective on Reading Challenges

Reading Challenges - Vision Therapy

On so many occasions, I am asked about what types of individuals enroll in vision therapy. Many assume that it is just school aged children, who must have some learning disability or decreased IQ to cause them to be doing so poorly in school. This could not be further from the truth. We work with […]

Auditory Hypersensitivity – An Emotional Response

covering ears

In the first article within this series, I opened with an overview of the multi-system approach to auditory processing disorders (APDs) as described in Lucker’s Multi-System Integrative Model of Auditory Processing (Lucker 2008).  We examined the confounding variables in the evaluation of APDs and began looking at various components to APDs such as auditory awareness […]

School Day “Crutches” – Compensatory Behaviors

Reading - Visual Challenge

We recently had a young adult patient, who comes to us for vision care, describe a re-occurring experience that she would have while attending school. Typical to most classrooms, the teachers would require the students to take turns, going row by row, seat by seat, reading paragraphs out loud from the textbook. To some, no […]

Auditory Discrimination – What is that Sound?

auditory discrimination

After our sensory and auditory systems are aware of the presence of sound, we recognize the pattern of the sound we hear. This leads to what we often call auditory discrimination. This level of auditory processing involves a combination of the auditory system and the cognitive system. Visit the first article in this series, entitled […]

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