Mental Health Week 2020
Here is an interview I did with Ife Thomas of Mind Workout for Mental Health Week 2020. A great week of interviews.
The Bercow Review 10 years on is launched today! An independent review of services for children with SLCN(Speech, Language and Communication Needs) with recommendations for government and system leaders on what needs to change.
This is a good article about the effects of slow processing on a child and how it creates anxiety Processing speed can be improved and the brain training exercises in Fast ForWord are excellent for speeding up the brain’s processing power. Training on Fast ForWord for a child with slow processing speed can be life changing and lead to huge improvements in their self-esteem as well as their ability to follow conversations and access the curriculum. The training needed involves 30minutes a day 5 days a week for around 12 weeks.
Contact me for further details about Fast ForWord.
Many parents who contact me report that their child has difficulty in paying attention and that they would like help to improve this so that their child can better access the curriculum.
Here is a great video from BrainFit Scholar who are based in Singapore and who are partners with Scientific Learning providing Fast ForWord in Singapore and the rest of the ASEAN Countries – Why paying attention is hard and what you can do about it – the solution includes Fast ForWord!
Research in auditory processing difficulties in the UK is now looking at putting in support to young children as soon as possible. It is hoped that by doing this any future problems will be ameliorated. Just one episode of glue ear/ear infection is enough to cause future auditory processing difficulties, so these activities are particularly important.
Here are some ideas for activities that parents can do with their young children to help develop good auditory processing.
Listening treasure box Collect lots of things that make a noise, such as: Crinkly paper Noise making toys Pots and pans Musical instruments Books with noise buttons Explore! Listen and talk about them.
Spot the mistake Sing a simple rhyme or song, but make a mistake – can children spot the mistake? Incy wincy spider climbing up… a tree (should be spout) The wheels on the… train go round and round (should be bus) colour in Twinkle twinkle little… hat (should be star)
Go games – wait for go Build a tower of bricks. Your child waits for you to say “Go” before they can knock it down. Have a race – ready steady go… Push a car to each other – ready steady go… Dance around – ready steady go… Roll the ball – ready steady go…
Where is that noise? Get a toy or play music on a CD player or phone or mp3 player. Hide the noisy object somewhere in the room – can your child find it?
On Saturday, I attended the British Society of Audiology Information day for families and professionals on Auditory Processing Disorder at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London. It was an excellent day full of up-todate information about APD, testing, diagnosis and interventions.
Both Fast ForWord and The Listening Program were mentioned as possible interventions that may help.
Three of the most important points from the day were:
A) Ensure that you know what the difficulties are – auditory processing difficulties are complex and it is important to match the intervention to the difficulties as some interventions address only one aspect.
B) Current research is looking at early intervention. APD can only be diagnosed from 7 years and upwards, but, children are experiencing difficulties years before this. Early intervention may help to ameliorate later problems.
C) Children naturally have problems listening because they are not mature. The auditory system continues to develop until the early teens.
Glue ear in particular was mentioned as a indicator of future auditory processing problems. This often happens at a critical time of brain development.
Mary Kidson Assessment, Auditory Processing Auditory Processing, Auditory temporal processing, Brain Fitness, Duration and Pitch Pattern, Listening, Reading and Learning, Reading Difficulties, TAVS, Test of Auditory and Visual Skills 0 Comments
Here is the latest article in the TAVS Assessment Series:
Mary Kidson Assessment, Auditory Processing, Dyslexia, Reading Difficulties Auditory Processing, Auditory temporal processing, Fusion Threshold, Listening, Rhythm, TAVS, Temporal order judgment, Test of Auditory and Visual Skills, The Brain 0 Comments
TAVS is a unique tool for screening many subtle areas of auditory and visual processing. These areas are vital for
listening, reading, attention and memory skills.
Mary trained as a TAVS certified provider in 2013 and she has been able to use the assessment tool when assessing children and adults both prior and after using The Listening Program ®.and/or Fast ForWord ®
For more information on TAVS please see the following articles on The Listening Program® blog:
Hot off the press: new research on the genetics of dyslexia! Another reminder that dyslexia has an auditory component: “Dyslexia is a polygenic developmental reading disorder characterized by an auditory/phonological deficit.” Click here bit.ly