Speech & Language

A communication disorder is an impairment in the ability to receive, send, process, and comprehend concepts or verbal, nonverbal and graphic symbol systems.
A language disorder is impaired comprehension and/or use of spoken, written and/or other symbol systems.
Central auditory processing disorders are deficits in the information processing of audible signals not attributed to impaired peripheral hearing sensitivity or intellectual impairment.

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Sound Therapy Can Support Social Language

Presenting isms (challenges) with pragmatics of language (the subtleties of language that support clearer understanding), social skills, understanding the complexities of communication, as well as general awareness of the world around them are all...

Language Development: Proactive Parenting from Birth

If you are reading this article, you probably have a child  or work with a child with an “ism” or a challenge.  Yet, when you think about it, everyone has “isms.” I have been...

Three Key Components of Speech and Language Disorders

Many people think of Speech Therapists as people who work with children who have a hard time making speech sounds, like a kid with a ‘lisp’. Language, however, is much more comprehensive than speech sounds,...
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Auditory Hypersensitivity – An Emotional Response

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...
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Auditory Discrimination – What is that Sound?

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...
Comic Strip Conversations

Create Comic Strip Conversations

I facilitate group discussions with both parents and middle school aged kids on the spectrum.  We work on learning how to construct comic strip conversations.  Comic strip conversations get to the intention behind behaviors. ...
Listening Therapy

Auditory Awareness Isms are Sensory Based

As stated in the first installment of this series, there are different types of auditory processing deficits or APD. And, for each specific type, there are different systems involved and, thus, different recommendations for...

Sensory Processing and Sound Therapy

I received a call last night from the daughter of a friend of mine about her son, aged 2 1/2. She asked about teeth grinding because she noticed that her son grinds his teeth...
Alternative Auditory Processing Testing

Confounding Variables in the Evaluation of Auditory Processing

In the first installment of this series, we discussed Lucker’s Multi-System Integrative Model of Auditory Processing, detailing the six main systems involved in auditory processing, cognitive, executive functioning, auditory, language, behavioral and emotional, and...
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Auditory Processing – A Multi-System Approach

You may have been told that your child has an auditory processing disorder. But, have you been told what specific type of auditory processing disorder your child has? Often, all that professionals say is,...