Children with auditory processing weakness often have normal hearing but demonstrate difficulty keeping up with the natural flow of speech; understanding speech in less than optimal conditions; understanding complex verbal directions, and become easily distracted in the presence of background noise. Many of these children will exhibit academic difficulty (specifically related to language arts) if deficits remain unidentified and unmanaged.
The audiologist will assess performance on auditory tasks in various listening conditions. Auditory processing screening is offered at age five; a comprehensive evaluation is offered at age 7 or 8 depending on the child’s ability to attend to stimuli in the sound booth for approximately one hour.
Based on the child’s auditory profile, we offer individual auditory training therapy with a registered speech language pathologist as well as several online auditory training programs such as: CAPDOTS, Fast ForWord, LISN and learn, Earobics, and Hear Builders. Therapies are offered over a 12 week block.
In addition to therapy: self-advocacy; coping skills; and acoustic environmental recommendations are provided.