What options for help is there for a child with hearing loss (and therefore probably an auditory processing disorder) as well as a visual processing?
My almost 9 year old son has just recently been diagnosed with a visual processing disorder. On top of it, he wears hearing aids for mild-moderate hearing loss and therefore has a lot of symptoms of auditory processing disorders. What options of treatment is there when one system can not compensate for the other? Everything that he does (school work, athletics, etc) is inconsistent....on one side he is excelling in math (skipping a whole grade) but on the other side writing a simple sentence is a nightmare.
It would seem that your child has a number of things going on which is impacting academic success. First, note that children with hearing loss often have verbal difficulties which then transcend in to writing. Math is often a strength, as well.
If he needs to use an audio device which can capture his thoughts. This can be a tape recorder, app on a smart phone or even GARAGEBAND from MAC. All of these will help him record his thoughts which can then be played back and organized easier.
Use of storyboarding also can be helpful. WEBS are often the term used for helping a child organize before writing.
It sounds like your son might benfit from vision therapy. You should get him evaluated by his school if he's in a public school. Moreover, if you suspect aud processing disorder, he needs to get evaluated by an audiologist. Follow-ups with other services may be warranted, including a speech-language pathologist. An SLP can determine if there are other language present as well.
Chris Massella, MS, CCC-SLP
Talk It Up Speech Therapy
I have a son who has been diagnosed with auditory processing disorder and just recently visual challenges (quite a few). A wonderful book who I highly recommend to read is "Miracle Child" by Anna Buck. She had a daughter who had auditory proc, dyslexia, etc. She is a neuro developmental delay therapist. We went to her for therapy and she helped tremendously! She works with people from everywhere so don't let that deter you. For the visual challenges, I found a behavioral Optometrist. They spend years in post graduate continuing to master complex visual programs prescribed to prevent or eliminate visual problems. Not all optometrists practice behavioral optometry. Log onto Optometric Extension Program Foundation at www.oepf.org then go to "find an Optometrist" Or call or write the OEP Foundation at 949-250-8070