Are you starting to think about the upcoming school year? Are you busy shopping for school clothes and supplies, wondering who your child’s teacher will be? And hoping that this year will be better than last for your child?
I just registered both of my daughters for high school. I can’t believe that Natalie is a senior. It seems like I just registered her for kindergarten, and now she’s looking at colleges.
I’ll never forget when Natalie was in the first grade and I received a letter from the school stating that Natalie had failed her hearing test. I took her to a specialist where she was diagnosed with a hearing impairment. Her life has involved sitting in a sound proof booth for her hearing exam at least once a year. We have to monitor her hearing loss and make sure it doesn’t get worse.
Because of this hearing loss, Natalie was very shy and withdrawn. She missed a lot of what was going on in the classroom and in life. It was always a struggle to get her to make friends and speak out in class. She worked so hard to hear that simple things we all take for granted were difficult for her. This impairment won’t go away, but it is very similar to a child who is struggling with an auditory processing disorder.
If your child has an auditory processing problem, it isn’t too different than what Natalie has on her plate. She misses sounds and tones. A child with an auditory processing problem may only hear certain sounds. Or, the child might hear every other word or leave off endings. The child has to work so hard to make sense of what is heard that often he will fatigue or give up and retreat into a “safer” place inside himself.
The student with an auditory processing problem might have temper tantrums because it is so frustrating trying to hear and comprehend. This student may seem lost most of the time. Sometimes this student is very active because all of the background noises that he is unable to filter out are making him jumpy and nervous.
There are so many things that can be done to help an auditory processing problem. We can’t help Natalie hear but we can teach students to process information correctly.
I am so proud of Natalie. She has made such strides. She is a champion swimmer, shows horses, an honor student, and has a lot of friends and confidence now. I have worked hard to help her every step of the way. That shy little girl who hung her head and had such a difficult time is gone.
If Natalie can make such strides, can you imagine what can happen with your child? If you think your child is struggling to process information then call us and let us help!