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Auditory Processing Characteristics

Auditory Processing Checklist: used standardized Fisher Checklist, characteristics from the Out-Of-Sync Child, and stuttering foundation

Please mark each circle considered to be of concern by the patient or caretaker. Rate each characteristic with “1” being a weak response & “10” being a strong response.

  • _____Frequently ask “What?” or “Huh?” noise or no noise

Foods Influencing Ear Health and Behavior

Something now is better than nothing.  Behavior that comes and go may be triggered by foods, which come and go.  Strength of allergic reactions can build up within the system with each exposure.  Information at http://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/ear-infection/ear-infections-what-increases-your-risk explains risk factors of increased middle ear fluid (not always infected) and foods.  Middle ear fluid has the potential to decrease auditory stimulation to the brain and impact speech.

Characteristic List of Visual Difficulties

Dr. Kaplan, founding father of vision therapy,  taught that 10 to 15% of visual processing is influenced by the vestibular organ in the inner ear.   Developmental vision therapist assess vision & visual processing abilities.  Find a doctor close to you by clicking http://locate.covd.org/?AdvancedSearch=true and read more information on their website.

Sensory Integration Resources

The Out-of-Sync Child, Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder by Carol Stock Kranowitz, M.A.

 The Out-of-Sync Child Has Fun by Carol Stock Kranowitz, M.A.  I strongly recommend this book if you checked three or more items on any of the characteristic lists and your child is 11 years old or younger.

Characteristic List of Vestibular (inner-ear) Weaknesses

Poor motor planning caused by vestibular weaknesses and/or low muscle tone from: Out of Sync Child, Dr. Delacto’s works

Ο  Trouble riding a bike, running

Ο  Slumps, sprawls, tires easily

Ο  Trouble turning knobs, pressing levers (grasp too loose or too tight)

Ο  Switches hands, weak dominant hand, or no dominant hand

The Connection between Visual, Motor, and Auditory Development

“Proper development of the Auditory and Vestibular System (hair cells in the inner ear) affect proper development of Visual Processing Skills as well as all other senses.”

Auditory Systems—work with the vestibular system to process sensations of movement and sound; “the only sense to begin in the womb.”