Does Your Child Hear?
Children and adults who have difficulty understanding verbal instruction, pronunciation and discussion may HEAR but are unable to attend to the details, as the brain does not deal with auditory information in the same way as others.There may be a delay in the processing of verbal information from the the spoken word to the brain’s ability to decipher what was said.
This is known as Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) ,and may be the reason why your child struggles with the following:
- Sounds can become confused such as “thirst” with “first”, ” there” with “where”, “deaf” with “death”
- Difficulties understanding language and developing vocabulary
- Difficulty following directions
- Poor listening skills
- More time is required to process information
- Difficulty with reading, comprehension and spelling
- Difficulty understanding speech in noisy environments
If you suspect that your child may have auditory processing disorder, there are several steps you can take to help:
- Speak to the class teacher and express your concerns, they may have noticed too…
- Your child may be falling behind at school, needing more time to complete class/homework
- Your child should be seated close to the teacher where they can listen more easily and be less distracted by classroom noise.
- Additional help may be required with language – building skills to increase the ability to learn new words and increase the child’s language base
- Auditory training techniques can be used by teachers and therapists to address specific difficulties
- Be patient and allow your child time to process verbal information/instruction
- Give only one instruction at a time
- Provide positive encouragement and praise
- Stay calm and talk in a low, slow voice – a high pitched, shouting voice will be lost
Bal-A-Vis-X helps auditory processing for language development.
The Rhythmic patterns of Bal-A-Vis-X create a new awareness of the nuance of sound. This will lead to improved language comprehension, reading skill, communication and self-esteem.
My own son has auditory processing difficulties , associated with being dyslexic, every morning before school he practices Bal-A-Vis-X for 10 minutes. Here are his thoughts –
” It helps me to focus and I can concentrate much better in class, and I’m less fidgety. I have developed a strategy to help me with my spelling, by tapping out the sounds on the back of my hand, as I can now hear them, before Bal-A-Vis-X my spelling was pretty bad” his own words…