Processing disorders or processing issues affect up to 16% of or 9 million school-aged children in the us.
With any of these disorders: auditory processing disorder or central auditory processing disorder, visual processing disorder, and sensory processing disorder, they are often accompanied by learning disabilities, ADHD, or even anxiety and depression.
The brain doesn’t improve and recover like any other body part. It is essential to tackle these issues through a multi-sensory approach program like the one found here, at the Abbey Clinic.
Auditory processing disorder, also known as central auditory processing disorder, is a condition where kids cannot process sounds properly because their ears and brain do not coordinate fully together. Kids affected by auditory processing disorder are usually able to hear sounds properly when in a quiet environment and have the most trouble in places with noisy backgrounds. Auditory processing disorder is often misunderstood and is accompanied by learning disabilities, ADHD, and even depression or anxiety.
With visual processing disorder, your child can have perfect 20/20 vision, but not be able to tell a circle from a square. This is because we process visual information with our brains, not with our eyes. Visual processing issues are a lifelong challenge, but there are ways to compensate and build skills. Visual processing disorder often occurs in children who also have a learning disorder. It is important to have a clear understanding of what diagnosis your child qualifies to have a clear and effective treatment plan.
Those with sensory processing disorder or sensory processing issues have difficulties processing and organizing information that comes in through the senses. This often means that those with sensory processing issues are overly sensitive to sensory input or under sensitive to sensory input, or both. This happens because the brain has difficulty organizing and making sense of the information. This disorder can also have a large impact on learning. Kids can become avoidant to doing certain tasks or to being in certain environments.
Having an accurate, meaningful diagnosis can be reassuring and give a better understanding on how to move forward with treatment. It is common for a sensory processing disorder to be mistaken for attention issues or a learning disorder and can often cause anxiety in those affected. Starting with a comprehensive assessment will guarantee the best approach to gather all necessary information and recommend accurate and effective treatments.
Neurofeedback is an all-natural approach that makes lasting changes at the source: your brain’s imbalanced brainwaves. Through neurofeedback you can target one modality to target and improve, including our processing centers in the brain. Neurofeedback can help change our brain activity and strengthen the processing areas in the brain to improve symptoms.
Neurofeedback with educational therapy
Our clients have had great success combining neurofeedback with educational therapy. Often, children or adolescents’ progress can plateau with traditional forms of tutoring or even remediation programs. By combining these two interventions, we can target the foundational skills that need to be developed while also targeting the specific areas in the brain and training them towards optimal activity (ex. frontal lobe for executive functioning skills or temporal lobe for written and verbal expression, comprehension, reading). These learning skills must be taught using direct, explicit multisensory instruction and will typically not be acquired by maturation. Alleviating one’s anxiety or increasing attention and focus through neurofeedback or brain training will accelerate one’s ability to engage in educational therapy.
LearningRx is a skill-based training that uses challenging but fun brain games to improve cognitive skills. LearningRx can help train and improve cognitive skills including attention: selective, divided and sustained, memory: long-term or working/short-term, logic and reasoning, auditory processing, visual processing, processing speed, and cognitive shift.
Integrated listening system (ils)
Integrated Listening System (iLs) is a multisensory intervention based on the science of neuroplasticity. It uses a repeated, simultaneous, multisensory approach to help the brain grow, change and create new pathways in response to stimulation and input. iLs integrates music, movement, and language to improve brain function. Reading is normally taught as a visual activity, but iLs takes uses auditory processing to improve cognitive skills.
What is working memory? Working memory is part of our short-term memory. How well can we hold information in our memory in the middle of another activity? On average, we are able to hold 7 items (plus or minus 2 times) in our working memory. Cogmed is an “evidence-based intervention for improved working memory.” Improving our working memory “generalizes” to our behavior: our attention, ability to stay focused and ignore distractions, and learning skills will improve.
Vision training is very beneficial for processing disorders. 67% of our neural connections are connected to our visual centers or related to visual information. Neurovisual training can help improve or even resolve newfound processing difficulties. We work on things like working memory, attention span, processing speed and more to help strengthen the areas you’re struggling with.