KandJmom asks:

6 y.o. daughter diagnosed w/ auditory processing delay. School district thinks she is fine & does not qualify for speech therapy. She has issues. Help!

She has a challenging time understanding oral instructions.  She also does not make eye contact when speaking (or at least seldomly).  She is bright, but school is stressful for her because she feels lost when the teacher is giving instructions on how to do the work.  Does anyone have any suggestions for websites or other resources I may go to help her gain the skills she needs?  

Question asked after reading: http://www.education.com/magazine/article/ten-t...
In Topics: Cognitive development, Learning issues and special needs, Hearing loss and hearing disorders
> 60 days ago



Aug 22, 2010
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What the Expert Says:

Hello and thank you for writing to JustAsk!

First, i would suggest that you have your daughters hearing evaluated.  Some children are able to function well within small environments but become lost in larger and noisier ones due to hearing challenges.  This may seem silly, however not all diagnoses for auditory processing delays include an indepth hearing evaluation.

Also, you may wish to make a formal request for an evaluation vs. a more informal evaluation of her academic skills.  Therefore, the child may be evaluated from a psychological and educational standpoint.  The psychological evaluation determines her intellectual abilities, learning styles, social -emotional development and also any behaviors that may need attention.  The educational evaluation will compare her to national norms of children her age (not grade).

You can find more information at the National School Psychologist Association website:  http://www.NASPonline.org  (click the parents tab)

Good luck!

Louise Sattler, NCSP
Nationally Certified School Psychologist
Owner of Signing Families™  www. SigningFamilies.com

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