The Sound of Hope: Recognizing, Coping With, and Treating Your Child's Auditory Processing Disorder

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Hardcover, Ballantine Books, 2010, ISBN13 9780345512185, ISBN10 0345512189

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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 childs 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 brains 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 developmentor simply need practice listening. Inside this reassuring, action-oriented book youll find

easy-to-identify milestones to help parents pinpoint challenges that may arise during each stage of their childs 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 childs natural listening abilities through books, stories, nursery rhymes, songs, lullabies, toys, and games

home techniques to hone a childs auditory processingwhether he or she has severe APD limitations or just needs to build listening muscles

specific suggestions on how to improve a childs listening skills outside the homeat 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 childs 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.

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Contributed by: O'Donnell, Rosie
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publish Date: Apr 27, 2010
ISBN-13: 9780345512185
ISBN-10: 0345512189
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 256
Written in: ENG
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.8
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 8.5 x 5.9 x 0.9
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Thank You Rosie for helping to bring this learning problem to everyone. My 11 year old daughter has APD. I am still trying to educate people as to what her difficulties are in what she hears, as opposed to what is said. I am going to give a copy of this book to her school to help them understand all children with APD.

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