Clients that benefit from our services range from those that are having some difficulty with communication or academic skills at school and/or at home to those that have a specific diagnosis. Clients we commonly see have been diagnosed with one or more of the following: auditory processing disorder, language processing disorder, receptive and/or expressive language disorder, learning disability, ADD/ADHD, sensory processing disorder, dyslexia and autism. However, many of our clients do not have a prior diagnosis. We often hear parents state that their child is “falling through the cracks” because they have learning issues, but not in the severity range necessary to qualify for special education in the school setting or to be given a specific diagnosis. Students that exhibit mild or moderate communication and academic difficulties often need treatment to reach their optimum potential and be successful in school. In addition, students issues often appear to worsen over time if not treated for specific learning deficits when they arise. This is due to the increasing expectations that occur at each higher grade level.
Our clients also include gifted students that may achieve straight A’s, but must study far more than necessary to achieve those grades. Parents of these students often share that their children are unable to have extracurricular activities or many friends because most of their free time is spent studying. These students are often not using their brain in the most efficient way for studying and memorizing. Our training and techniques have helped these clients to significantly reduce the amount of time they need to study in order to obtain good grades, as well as teach them to learn more efficiently.
Many special education students, as well as many of the students that “fall through the cracks” and have deficits in reading, spelling, comprehension, etc., exhibit an auditory discrimination disorder and/or weak or non-existent visualization skills.
Auditory discrimination is defined as the ability to hear sounds and sound changes in syllables and words – such as hearing that /pip/ has three sounds, and that the first and third sound are the same. If a person has difficulty discriminating and then “mishears” sounds, issues with listening, reading and/or spelling may occur.