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.

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...
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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Eight Ways to Show Respect to an Individual Who Is Non-Verbal

Not being able to speak is NOT the same as not having anything to say! Following are eight strategies to foster a relationship of mutual respect when interacting with an individual who is non-verbal. In...
Social Skills Play

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...