The Sound of Hope: Recognizing, Coping with, and Treating Your Child's Auditory Processing Disorder
There is more to listening than just hearing.
A miraculous process that begins in the womb, learning to communicate is a vital part of expressing oneself and of understanding and interacting with the world. A child’s ability to listen well affects every aspect of his or her life. But for some 1.5 million children in the United States who have normal hearing and intelligence, communication and language are blocked. Words are jumbled and distorted. These children have a hard time following directions and become frustrated in trying to make themselves understood, which often leads to unruly behavior, poor school performance, social isolation, and low self-esteem.
Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) affects the brain’s ability to accurately process the sounds of speech, which in turn impedes the ability to communicate. Experts are just beginning to unlock the mystery of this confounding condition. As a result, APD is often undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. But hope is here. Now veteran speech-language pathologist Lois Kam Heymann offers the first practical guide to help parents dramatically improve the listening and language skills of their children, whether they have a diagnosed auditory processing disorder, slow language development—or simply need practice listening. Inside this reassuring, action-oriented book you’ll find
• easy-to-identify milestones to help parents pinpoint challenges that may arise during each stage of their child’s development from birth to age eight • the tools and checklists needed to assist parents in recognizing APD early • tips to distinguish APD from other listening/learning disorders, including ADD, ADHD, LPD, and PDD • methods to encourage a child’s natural listening abilities through books, stories, nursery rhymes, songs, lullabies, toys, and games • home techniques to hone a child’s auditory processing—whether he or she has severe APD limitations or just needs to build listening “muscles” • specific suggestions on how to improve a child’s listening skills outside the home—at school, during after-school activities, even when at a restaurant • an analysis of traditional classroom settings and effective ways parents can advocate for better sound quality • guidelines for finding the right professionals to work with your child
With hands-on ways for improving a child’s ability to listen to instructions, process information, and follow directions, parents can turn simple activities into powerful listening lessons in only minutes a day. The bottom line: Learning how to listen in our noisy, complicated world is the key to a happy and engaged child.
A simplistic description of APD
By George Meyer "daughter" - September 15, 2010
This is a good first book if your child has already been diagnosed with APD. All her ideas for helping with APD deal with children ages 6 and under (rhymes, songs, etc). She also points out that APD can't be diagnosed before age 7. Rosie O'Donnel's description of the problem is the best part of the book. The author totally ignores the major treatments for APD--the computer based programs Earobics [...] for $70 and Fast4Word ($1000). Her ideas might work if the child is diagnosed early (but it can't be diagnosed before age 7 according to the author). Nursery rhymes will not help an older child. This is a simple to read book that describes how a child learns to use language. It does NOT give information about how to treat or how to accommodate someone with APD.
Auditory Processing Disorder -- Finally hope!
By Lucille Mcassey - April 29, 2010
As a veteran elementary school principal, I have witnessed the frustration felt by children diagnosed with Auditory Processing Disorder, their parents' concerns, as well as the helplessness felt by their classroom teachers who have difficulty understanding and addressing the disorder. Lois Heymann's book speaks to these issues in language that is clear and easy to understand. Both she and Rosie provide the reader with information and vignettes built upon first hand experiences and Ms. Heymann's expertise as a higly respected speech pathologist/auditory therapist. The Sound of Hope offers proven strategies to support learning and understanding,advice and suggestions for parents (and educators), as well as a myriad of resources to explore. Ihis book is a welcome addition to my school's professional library.
A "Must Read" for any Parent needing Direction, Support & Guidance.
By The Kestenbaum Family - April 29, 2010
If you are struggling with issues regarding your child, this book will lead you down the right path to all the concerns and questions you keep asking yourself over and over again. It will enable you to cope with the issues while putting all the pieces together so that your child can become successful and enriched adults. Lois Heymann is a brilliant leader and expert who has ( as Rosie O'Donnell stated ) "Saved the Lives of So Many Children" This is true. Our family has personally benefited from Lois Heymann & I can assure you that this will be a life altering book for you and your family. We are all so fortunate to have Lois's words, wisdom and experience to learn from. It is a blessing for all of our children.
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