Supporting every child to fulfil their potential
It’s the start of the school year for many schools. If your little one is starting school for the first time, or even if they’ve been at school for a few years, it’s important to be alert to any potential hearing issues they may have. Children are great at compensating for any problems, and never want to feel singled out. However, left unchecked, and any hearing or learning problems can have a serious impact on your child’s language development, confidence, social skills and performance at school.
Around 5% of school age children experience auditory processing difficulties, or APD, which is a hearing problem. A child with APD will find it hard to process information, they may struggle to keep up with what their teacher is saying and they struggle to hear in background noise (they may also mishear or misunderstand what’s being said). They may also find it hard to understand fast speech. If any of this sounds like your child, it’s important to get their hearing checked out.
Here to help children with APD and their families
At The Hearing Clinic we take time to put your child at their ease while learning about them, their interests and issues at school. We then perform various simple and painless auditory processing disorder tests to check their hearing and understand exactly where the problem lies.
If we diagnose a hearing loss or APD we will work with you and your child’s teachers to provide the tools, support and advice to help your child back on the road to hearing health and on their way to fulfilling their potential.
We work with many families with children who have APD, providing recommendations to teachers of ways to improve the listening environment. We can show you how to do auditory training exercises with your child and organise specialist auditory equipment – such as a personal FM system – to support your child to hear better in class.
If you suspect your child may have APD or a hearing loss, please don’t worry, help is at hand. Give our supportive team a call at The Hearing Clinic