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Auditory Processing, Listening Therapy, and Reading

 

 

 

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March 18, 2015

 

Hey Folks!


 

In the past two months, I reviewed with you 6 primitive reflexes and how they relate to learning. This newsletter we will look at Listening Therapy as a part of the process to go through from having an auditory processing problem to being able to having good "phonemic awareness" for reading. Last week we looked at integrating primitive reflexes as being the first step.

 

The new sale of the month will be our product Primitive Reflexes; Foundations for Learning. Click here to find out more.

 

This is the final month to sign up for our Brain Advancement Coach training. The last day to sign up will be March 27th. If you are interested please head over to our website brainadvancementteam.com for more information. We will be hosting a live webinar with more information and to give you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have. This webinar will be held on March 19th. In order to attend, follow these instructions;

 

Brain Advancement Coaching Information Webinar
Thu, Mar 19, 7:00 PM EDT

Hope to see you there!

 

Carol Brown of Equipping Minds is having a conference in April that I will be speaking at, along with several others. More information at http://equippingminds.com/events/equipping-minds-conference-april-8-10-danville-ky/.

 

If you have already tried our primitive reflex exercises, I would love to hear your story. Please send me an email with your story and with your consent we will publish them on our testimonial page of our website. If you would like to hear what people have said, take a look at the page yourself. 

www.pyramidofpotential.com/testimonials
 

Thank you so much! Kathy


Auditory Processing, Listening Therapy, and Reading

 

In case you missed last week's newsletter, I will start with the definition of Auditory Processing:

 

Auditory processing disorder definition

"Children with APD may exhibit a variety of listening and related complaints. For example, they may have difficulty understanding speech in noisy environments, following directions, and discriminating (or telling the difference between) similar-sounding speech sounds. Sometimes they may behave as if a hearing loss is present, often asking for repetition or clarification. In school, children with APD may have difficulty with spelling, reading, and understanding information presented verbally in the classroom. Often their performance in classes that don't rely heavily on listening is much better, and they typically are able to complete a task independently once they know what is expected of them."

From American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)

 

In this newsletterwe will look at Listening Therapy as a part of the process to go through from having an auditory processing problem to being able to having good "phonemic awareness" for reading. Last week we looked at integrating primitive reflexes as being the first step.

 

The second step is a form of listening therapy. The following paragraph was taken off the Tomatis website, regarding the early history of listening therapy:


 

It was around this time (1957 - 1960) that the TOMATIS laws were submitted to the Academy of the Sciences in Paris.


 

These laws establish the relation between hearing and phonation, and by extension, between listening and communication. His discoveries led Alfred Tomatis to perfect a pedagogical plan that allowed for the permanent restauration of all of a singer's deficient vocal qualities. This pedagogical plan based on an electronic system of shifting sound to stimulate the ear was baptized The Electronic Ear .


 

In 1958, the first Electronic Ear was presented at the Universal Expo in Brussels, and earned him the Gold Medal for scientific research.

 

There is quite large body of evidence supporting listening therapy, and there are many different companies that supply it. The differences in how it is applied run from clinic-based to home and school-based to on-line. Most include music that has been modified to obtain a therapeutic effect; some include the mother's voice while others include nature sounds. All require using a therapeutic grade headphone, ranging in cost from $40 to $150. The least expensive I have seen is $35 per month while the most expensive (done by a professional in a clinic) will cost thousands.

 

Most of the listening therapies are right-ear weighted, because over time and application, ear dominance can be changed to the right ear. A right-ear dominance for listening to language is preferable so that the sounds are directly transferred to the left hemisphere of the brain - the seat of language processing.

 

How is all of this related to reading? 

 

The best readers can easily and quickly decode unknown words as they are found. If a person does not process the difference between sounds that are similar - short vowel sounds or s/f/sh/ch - then they cannot be sure of what a word actually is that uses those sounds. For example, the word "fish". A person with an auditory processing problem would not be able to tell you what sounds are made by the f, the I, or the sh. It requires good auditory processing to have that ability.

 

So why not skip the primitive reflexes and go directly to a listening therapy? Because in the last 14 years that I have been working with people with these issues, I've seen regression after 6 months if the reflexes were not also integrated. I've seen the auditory processing progress the fastest and last the longest when both therapies were employed. Why spend all of that money for something that may not last?

 

The next step toward good reading is phonemic awareness - the ability to blend, segment and manipulate phonemes (sounds) in our language. Once a person can progress individual sounds, then they will be able to play with those sounds.

 

In the next newsletter I will write about listening devices and phonemic awareness - the final two parts of the series on Auditory Processing Problems.

 

Don't forget that the Course on DVD, Primitive Reflexes: Foundation for Learning is on sale until the end of the month. More in-depth information about the course can be found at  http://www.pyramidofpotential.com/primitive-reflexes/. 

 

 

Tell Me Your Story

I am collecting stories about the effectiveness of primitive reflex integration, no matter what the process is or what method was used. Will you help? Please provide the following in your own words and in story form. Please keep it to about 2 paragraphs.

  • Diagnosis or issue
  • Changes found
  • Methodology
  • What reflexes were integrated
  • Other therapies that were used concurrently
  • Minimally their initials and location (state or country)

 

I will be putting these together in a free ebook organized by issue, so that people all over the world will have hope for themselves or loved ones. By sharing this everywhere, more people will get help. This is not to promote Pyramid of Potential, but instead to promote primitive reflexes. I want to collect hundreds!!

 

Thank you so much! Kathy

 

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Kathy Johnson, MS Ed
kjohnson@pyramidofpotential.com

Bob Johnson
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Pyramid of Potential
245 Washington St #3369
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
518-260-3937

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Overcoming Reading Problems - Auditory Processing
Kathy Johnson of Pyramid of Potential and author of The Roadmap From Learning Disabilities to Success, describes one of the main causes of reading problems - auditory processing difficulties.
Kathy Johnson of Pyramid of Potential and author of The Roadmap From Learning Disabilities to Success, describes one of the main causes of reading problems - auditory processing difficulties.
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March 10, 2015

6:30 to 8:30pm

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Improving Memory For All Ages:

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No matter what caused the memory problem - age, learning disability, ADHD, traumatic brain injury, stroke, or even if you don't know the exact cause, neuroplasticity of the brain means that the brain can change and that memory can improve.

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ADHD: Overcoming It Without Drugs 

April 14, 6:30 - 8:45

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Saratoga Public Library, Saratoga Springs, NY

 

Stroke and TBI: What to do beyond Insurance-covered Rehab 

May 21, 6:30 - 8:30

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Improving Reading When Reading Methods Don't Work Well Enough 

June 18, 6:30 - 8:30

63 Putnam Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

 

Improving Handwriting and Composition Abilities
 

August 20. 6:30 - 8:30

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Improving Math and Word Problems When the Methods Don't Work Well Enough
 

September 17, 6:30 - 8:30

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Where's Kathy?

It is now time to set up your professional development at your school - Kathy is available for many dates this Fall! Call now to secure YOUR date!

 

Below are the upcoming workshops that Kathy Johnson is giving. If she is not coming to your area, why not hire her for your next professional development?

   

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Leading Edge Seminars Inc.

Working with Children with ADD 

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

June 1, 2015 9:00 to 4:30


Monday, March 23, 2015 in SPOKANE, WA 
Speaker: KATHY JOHNSON, MS ED
Early Registration: $189.99
** Early Registration Prices Available Until 3/3/2015 **

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 in RENTON, WA 
Speaker: KATHY JOHNSON, MS ED
Early Registration: $189.99
** Early Registration Prices Available Until 3/4/2015 **

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 in LYNNWOOD, WA 
Speaker: KATHY JOHNSON, MS ED
Early Registration: $189.99
** Early Registration Prices Available Until 3/5/2015 **


WEdnesday, April 22, 2015 in TULSA, OK
Speaker: KATHY JOHNSON, MS ED
Early Registration: $189.99 

Thursday, April 23, 2015 in OKLAHOMA CITY, OK 
Speaker: KATHY JOHNSON, MS ED
Early Registration: $189.99 

Friday, April 24, 2015 in DALLAS, TX
Speaker: KATHY JOHNSON, MS ED
Early Registration: $189.99 

 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 in FORT LEE, NJ 
Speaker: KATHY JOHNSON, MS ED
Early Registration: $189.99 

Thursday, May 14, 2015 in PARSIPPANY, NJ
Speaker: KATHY JOHNSON, MS ED
Early Registration: $189.99 

Friday, May 15, 2015 in SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ 
Speaker: KATHY JOHNSON, MS ED
Early Registration: $189.99 

 

If you aren't near any of these on-site professional development conferences, consider the following:

 

Dyslexia, Dyscalculia & Dysgraphia: An Integrated Approach   Price: $169.99  Author: Kathy Johnson, MS Ed.  Format: DVD