Speech and Language
Difficulties with speech and language are frequently related to hearing or language processing problems. Sometimes individuals with poor language processing skills also receive a diagnosis of Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) or Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD).
Children with a history of ear infections are at risk of problems with listening, speech and language delays, poor phonological awareness and difficulties with language structure and comprehension.
Auditory processing problems which delayed speech often continue to affect learning since accurate listening is also the key to auditory memory as well as sequencing, numeracy, reading and writing, spelling and vocabulary.
Auditory processing difficulties also affect listening skills, the ability to focus and retain information. Auditory processing difficulties are common amongst those with ADD or ADHD as well as dyslexia, dyspraxia and autistic spectrum disorders. There are frequently difficulties with expressive language, both written and verbal.
Regardless of intellect, poor language processing ability, inadequately developed grammar, syntax or vocabulary will limit appropriate development of social skills and have a negative impact on academic performance. Individuals with these sort of difficulties often compare themselves with their peers and find themselves failing, even despite the willingness to work hard to compensate for their difficulties. This may often result in a general loss of self esteem.
Addressing auditory processing difficulties early is therefore, crucially important and sound therapy can be a very effective help, either before or in conjunction with speech therapy, in retraining how one processes sound.
Auditory Integration Training (AIT)
The Bérard Auditory Integration Training (AIT) sound therapy has been remarkably successful for a wide range of clients with speech & language difficulties or auditory processing difficulties. See our Sound Therapy page or contact us for more details. We are always happy to explain more about our work and how it may help you or someone you know.