Language/Auditory Processing Disorders


 What are Language/Auditory Processing Disorders?

Auditory Processing Disorders (APD), also known as Central Auditory Processing Disorders (CAPD) refer to the way the brain processes auditory information. These individuals usually hear normally; however, they cannot process the information they hear, which can lead to difficulties recognizing and interpreting discrete sounds. Individuals with APD or CAPD can suffer from problems with sound localization, auditory discrimination, auditory pattern recognition and in differentiating competing acoustic signals. Individuals with APD or CAPD frequently have difficulty following directions and/or attending to lectures. For some individuals with APD/CAPD, these challenges surface during reading acquisition when it is necessary to differentiate sounds in order to master phonics.

Language processing disorders refer to the way the brain processes language sounds; that includes words, sentences, discourse and text. Individuals with language processing delays often require more time than usual to assign meaning to these parts of language. Difficulties with language processing impact students socially and in the classroom; the information is frequently presented at a faster pace than the student is able to process the language.

How Can We Help?

The specialists at Jodie K. Schuller & Associates are professional speech and language therapists, many with over 25 years of experience in communicative disorders. Licensed by the state of California as speech-language pathologists, our therapists have also completed advanced training in specific techniques to enhance oral and written communication. Therapists have been trained to help children with social challenges using Michele Garcia Winner’s Social Thinking Curriculum. To help those with delayed speech development, therapists have taken advanced training in the Talk Tools approach to oral motor therapy and the Cycles approach to phonology. Having attended the Childhood Apraxia (CASANA) Conference, therapists have been trained to use the Kaufman, Strand and Prompt methodologies, among others, to help those with apraxia of speech. Therapists have studied the various methodologies recommended to treat children on the autism spectrum including PECS and Floortime. They are equipped to help nonverbal children using American Sign Language (ASL) and Alternative and Augmentative (AAC) devices. To facilitate the development of reading and written language development, therapists have attended training programs from coast to coast including post-graduate courses offered by the Landmark School of Education, the Wilson Reading System (based on Orton Gillingham) and the complete range of programs developed by Lindamood Bell including LIPS, Visualizing and Verbalizing, On Cloud 9 Math and Seeing Stars. Therapists have also been certified by the International Association of Orofacial Myology (IAOM) to diagnose and treat breathing and swallowing problems related to unhealthy oral resting postures, sucking habits and tongue thrust.

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