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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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...
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,...

Is it CAPD or ADHD?

It is common knowledge that there is an alphabet soup of executive function disorders. Asperger's, PDD-NOS, ODD, OCD, ADHD, bi-polar and more all have symptoms in common.There is one more disorder, which is not...
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Social Skills Groups for 3 and 4 Year Olds

All 3 and 4 year olds are working on developing social skills.  That is what preschool is for, right?  So why would a child need to attend formal social skills groups specifically designed to...
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Social Skills Groups 101

As interest in social skills development has increased, so has the understanding that some children have more difficulty than others decoding the various social cues that many of us take for granted.  We have...
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Sign Language for Your Special Needs Child

Special needs children with autism, Down’s Syndrome, ADD/ADHD, speech impairments and more, have seen tremendous gains when they are taught to use sign language. American Sign Language (ASL) can help these children to communicate...