October 5th, 2012 | Posted in Auditory Processing Disorder
Lois Kam Heymann, the leading authority on children with auditory processing disorder, wrote The Sound of Hope.

As part of my mission helping children and families listen, love, and learn, I direct the Auditory Processing Center at the Center for Hearing and Communication (CHC) in Manhattan. CHC is a 102-year-old nonprofit agency. Recently, we were fortunate to receive generous donor support specifically to help us raise awareness of Auditory Processing Disorder (APD), other listening challenges, and the interventions available.

Free APD awareness and training events are currently available for groups of educators, parents, doctors, and other speech language pathologists, in-person at schools and facilities across the New York City area.

The number of engagements is limited, so contact CHC now if you’re interested in having an event at your school. I love conducting these talks and workshops. Parents and teachers so often tell me afterward that they had an “ah ha!” moment: recognizing that the frustrating behaviors they couldn’t make sense of before might be because of APD or a listening challenge.

Of course, the groups who attend learn much more than the symptoms of APD. I want everyone to be able to take the next steps, confidently, when they’re not sure how well a child is processing sounds, comprehending language, and learning. We also teach participants how to reinforce the listening skills of all kids in classroom settings and at home — not just those who struggle. Listening is the most crucial, fundamental learning and social skill, and it’s even the basis of how we learn to read. I don’t know many children who wouldn’t benefit from a listening skills boost!

Like all good communicators, I find that participants quickly spread the workshop’s message among more parents, educators, caretakers, and healthcare professionals. This strengthens the community’s APD “awareness net” to help ensure kids with APD get the diagnosis and help they need. Again, if you’d like to arrange a talk and workshop at your school or facility, complete CHC’s contact form.

Please keep in touch — I have exciting announcements and promotions coming up about the Listen Love Learn app and “app-book” series!

All the best,

Lois Kam Heymann

Lois Kam Heymann, the leading authority on children with auditory processing disorder, wrote The Sound of Hope.

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