Auditory Training Program

woman-977020_640Auditory Training Program

Oliver is a 7 year old boy.  His parents have been concerned because his teacher says he is well behind his classmates.  His teacher says that when she is given instructions Oliver seems to daydream.  He is ok, one on one when the teacher is nice and close and speaking directly to him, but she says even then, he has trouble following instructions.  At home, his parents say that even though he tries, Oliver sometimes get confused when they ask him to do something, like when he brought his sister’s doll when his mum asked him to go get his bowl.  Oliver hearing test was normal but he did have several sets of grommets when he was younger.  

Oliver problem isn’t that he can’t hear.  It’s that his brain doesn’t know what to do with the sounds that his ears are hearing.  Oliver has difficulties with auditory processing.

What is Auditory Processing?

Auditory processing is what we do with what we hear. It is the efficiency and effectiveness by which the Central Nervous System utilizes auditory information.
Skills involved are:
• To discriminate sounds
• To localize and lateralize sounds
• To recognise auditory patterns
• To discriminate the timing of sounds
Auditory Processing Disorder is the inability to attend to, discriminate, recognize, or to comprehend auditory information even though the individual has normal intelligence and hearing acuity. (Keith, 1994).

Does you or your child have trouble with the following:

□ Have difficulty listening and paying attention?
□ Misunderstand spoken information?
□ Display poor sequencing of auditory information (e.g. next, before)?
□ Get easily distracted by background noise?
□ Find some sounds uncomfortable or painful?
□ Have trouble identifying similarities and/or differences in sounds?
□ Struggle to perceive high frequency sounds in speech (e.g. t, k, p, th, sh)?
□ Confusion with distinguishing & producing similar sounds (e.g. ‘da’ and ‘ba’)?
□ Trouble remembering & understanding things they have been told?
□ Academic difficulties in language-based activities?
□ Need to have information repeated?
□ Have poor reading skills?
□ Have some problematic behaviours?

Other key Indicators of AP difficulties:

  • Chronic fluid,
  • Repeated grommets
  • academic underachievement
  • weakness in receptive language skills when undertaking psychological and language tests
  • Low Verbal IQ
  • Difficulty following instructions
  • Behaviour typical of peripheral hearing loss despite normal hearing
  • Diagnosis of other disorders related to auditory processing impairment: ASD, ADHD, learning disorders, dyslexia, dyspraxia etc.

Here at the Brain Mind & Memory centre we treat auditory processing difficulties with our Auditory Training Program

Auditory Training (AT) is a personalised treatment for individuals to enhance auditory processing.  Auditory processing difficulties can manifest themselves in a range of ways for example

  • poor attention,
  • poor short-term verbal memory,
  • learning and speech difficulties
  • sensory hypersensitivity.

Auditory Training Program uses electronically modified music and language to stimulate the auditory pathways and enhance auditory neural plasticity to assist and improve auditory processing abilities. Auditory training enhances the ability of the auditory system to differentiate between fine differences in frequencies and other auditory skills, which are a pre-requisite for language development, and for the processing of all auditory information.

The Auditory Training Program uses world leading Besson-of-Switzerland technology to provide a comprehensive approach to address auditory processing and receptive language skill development. The ATP techniques included in auditory training:

1. Auditory Training based on real time filtered and boned conducted orchestral music which incoroporates Tomatis Techniques

2. Dichotic Listening Training

3. Speech, language and audio-vocal time expanded biofeedback

4. Auditory Working Memory adaptive exercises.

Our Auditory Training Program consists of an initial assessment which allows our practitioners to create a personalized training protocol based on the individuals needs.  The training is usually delivered in a 30 hour intensive block over 3 weeks.  A post assessment and report are also included in the package, so we can measure the individual progress over time.  Additional blocks of training are also available and are either in 20 or 30 hour blocks.

If you believe that you or your child may benefit from the Auditory Training Program please call us on 07 55 99 2220