If you read some of our previous blog posts, you’ll know that the brain’s “communication apparatus” is actually a multitude of specialized structures from the ear to the primary auditory cortex acting in concert to process and integrate different kinds of auditory and visual information.
A popular assumption is that aptitude for language correlates with one’s intelligence. Indeed, research shows that individuals who are astute listeners are more likely to succeed in their jobs, relationships, public life – any situation in which effective communication is beneficial. That said, human communication is a dazzlingly complex interplay of different parts of the brain working in concert to analyze, organize and store a wide variety of sensory input.
For reasons that aren’t fully understood yet, children who have ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) are also at risk for having more sensory processing problems.
Auditory processing refers to the way by which sound is received by the ear and then processed in the brain. It is an incredibly complex process that stimulates a wide connection of neural networks—more than one might initially think. In fact, the brain has to receive and make sense of this sensory stimulus in a matter of micro-seconds.
The connection between listening and a child’s development is well documented. For example, babies are born with an amazingly advanced ability to listen and absorb sound. Their brains are equipped with a rich system to acquire language and begin to interpret the world around them. In fact, their ability to listen begins in utero. Hearing [...]
Suffering from sensory processing disorder can be a very frightening experience, especially for a small child. Not only that, but research into the disorder is majorly lacking and diagnosis is controversial. However, the Tomatis Method has shown promising results. How can it be used in combination with other therapy?
Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) can present a real challenge for children since it impedes their ability to recognize and make sense of sounds. Imagine, for example, this scenario: The mother of a seven-year-old son notices that although she tells him numerous times to pay attention to her directions, he does not seem to get them. [...]