What is Central Auditory Processing (CAP)?

The attached handout shares a ton of helpful information regarding Central Auditory Processing Disorders, including possible origins, explanations, and recommendations. I find this concern popping up more and more… I also find it difficult to explain and truly assess, so I thought I’d share this with you all.

Central_Auditory_Processing

environmental factors contributing to increase in Autism?

The linked article below does a great job summarizing the pros and cons of previous research on “causes” of autism.

It also shares new nationwide findings on the possible impact of environmental pollutants (i.e., diesel exhaust) on autism prevalence.

As I have worked with children from ages 3 to 12 over the past 5 years, I urge everyone to take caution in the findings of any research in this area. I have now seen multiple cases where children were diagnosed with some form of autism, only to have that diagnosis removed or changed (which should NEVER be the case) These include children with ADHD, and vision or hearing impairments. These cases unfairly increase that 1 in 50 rate that we are now hearing.

It should also be noted that autism truly is a broad spectrum and, from an educational perspective, we need to focus on the supporting needs of an individual, not naming a diagnosis.

http://counsellingresource.com/features/2013/08/05/environmental-links-autism/

Developmental Milestones

Are you (or parents you know) worried about your child keeping up with “typical” developmental milestones? Do you know what is actually expected of a child at 2 months? 6 months? 1 year?

Check out the following CDC Developmental Milestones .pdf for more information; but keep in mind: not all children follow a “normal” developmental pathway. Some children may take longer to achieve particular milestones and then make quick growth, etc.

Hope this helps answer some of those questions and ease some worries out there!

CDC developmental milestones

Word Retrieval Info for Parents

“Word retrieval” has become a pretty common term in schools and households.
Ever have a really tough time coming up with the word for something? You know… that thing with the… um… you know what I mean!

Please check out the attached handout for tips for helping your child get through these difficulties… and for just a little more information on the topic. Enjoy.

Understanding Word-Retrieval Problems