So…. Your kids are back in school! Here are some back to school reminders now that the school year has gotten underway!

Make sure you have all of your child’s teachers current email address. It is great to email them every now and again to check on your child’s progress. If you have a back to school night or a curriculum night, ask your child’s teacher(s) where your child is currently seated. Try to sit in that seat and assess if it is difficult to hear the teacher or if there are other distractions getting in the way. See where the teacher stands. Sometimes children are seated in the best seat for their hearing, assuming the teacher stands in the middle of the room. But sometimes teacher’s walk around or they stand over to one side. Find out from the teachers or ...Read more

December 5th, 2012 | Posted in Listening Skills

What Seasons Do We Celebrate?

Sometimes the kids I get to work with each week make me burst out laughing. Earlier this week, I was with elementary age children in group therapy when I asked them: "Now that it's December, who can name the different types of seasons we might celebrate?" "Christmas season!" was the first answer. Next, "It's holiday season, with Hanukkah!" and so on, with chatter about the season for snow and mittens. Then, from a little, very earnest voice: "I thought it was FLU season." So flu season may not exactly be a reason to feel merry, but there is a kind of joy in these funny little errors from kids. To me, it means they're learning to think about the words and language that they hear in different ways -- and that's never a bad thing. Get the Category Carousel app for 50% ...Read more

November 13th, 2012 | Posted in Listening Skills
In a post on the Center for Hearing and Communication blog, I wrote about how difficult listening is for everyone. It's easy to become frustrated with a son, daughter, student, or client who often isn't listening. But I think when you consider the points in that post, it's much easier to strengthen your compassion, patience, and understanding for children who struggle with auditory processing challenges or APD. Hearing is easy, but listening is hard: because it requires attention and an entirely different process in the brain. My post was inspired by a recent New York Times piece, The Science and Art of Listening that explains just why it can be difficult to to listen. The process of listening is quite complex and actually very intriguing. There's a reason why, in a noisy environment like a baseball game, you won't ...Read more

November 9th, 2012 | Posted in Featured, Listening Skills, Speech Therapy Apps
Ever thought about how you read to children? Having a child's rapt attention as you turn the pages of a favorite book is a beautiful and classic moment, whether you're a speech language pathologist, educator, or a parent. It's also one of the best and simplest ways to strengthen listening skills. I have one simple tip for you that will supercharge the listening exercise of story time. It's so simple it's almost laughable. When most people read to children, they hold the book out so they can read and the child can look at the pictures at the same time. But I always suggest this: Hold the book facing you as you read each page -- THEN turn the book so the kids can see. Why is this a big deal? Because this way, the child has to listen to follow the story. And what they just heard ...Read more