Helping a child with a processing disorder

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A processing disorder, either an auditory processing disorder, visual processing disorder or sensory processing disorder, are caused by a deficiency in a persons ability to effectively use the information gathered by the senses.

When my younger son was seven years old he was diagnosed with an auditory processing disorder. The external symptoms of his processing disorder were that he took longer than average to complete his school tasks, found learning to read more difficult than the average learner of his age and had difficulty in implementing a list of tasks.

I was not unduly surprised when Michael’s grade 1 teacher told us that she thought he had an auditory processing problem as I had already noticed some of these symptoms. It was not immediately obvious with his reading ability as Mike was able to learn short and frequently used words off by heart. As a result he was able to hide his difficulty in…

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