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The Sound Of Hope, Lois Kam Heymann

The Sound of Hope

Lois Kam Heymann


While we cannot change the past, or undo what has been done, we can derail the course we are on, and that of our children for the better.  In reading, The Sound of Hope by Lois Kam Heymann, I understand a little more about what the experts say, regardless of what other parents do or say.  I have classical music playing as my children are asleep just as I type. 

               Our son’s Occupational Therapist, OT, has for over a year suggested to have classical music playing as our children fall asleep and while they slumber.  We started with great intentions, but we were met with resistance, our youngest seemed more distracted by it than able to calm down and drift into dreamland.  He won and we opted out of the music even after they were asleep.  I know better now! 

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Able Kids Foundation, Founder Dr. Joan Burleigh


Able Kids Foundation

Able Kids Foundation


  Dr. Burleigh and staff have over 30 of research and testing in the area of Auditory Processing Disorders.  The Able Kids Foundation specializes in reaserch and solutions for individuals with disabilities, and specializes in auditory issues.  

“The Central Audotry Diagnostic Center offers in-depth testing of central auditory nervous system function by ausidologist cerified by the American Speech-Language-hearing Association” 

I have had the previlage to visit Able Kids and have our son treated there.  The staff is imformative, friendly and able to walk parents through the steps of testing and solutions for Auidotry Processing problems.  The testing portion included parent questionare, auditory testing and results in a 2 hour session.  We came to suspect APD via first SPD (Sensory Processing Disorder) than an EEG through CSU’s School of Occupatioal Therapy Brainwaves study, then introducted to Able Kids and thier research.  Based on the findings, we fitted our son with a custom ear filter and implimented the solutions in the classroom to help increase his potential for clear verbal communication at school.  We have seen some improvements in school, the amount of information our son obtains has increased and so has his ability to be productive at school. 


Hearing the Rainbow, Big Bright and Beautiful.

April 6, 2010 




What is auditory processing?   The answer is not as simple as the contrast of words on paper.  An early pioneer in Auditory Processing Disorders (APD), Dr. Jack Katz stated auditory processing is “what we do with what we hear”.  Our ears and what lies just beyond them are the mechanics of hearing, the conductive portion.  It is not uncommon for children with APD to have keen hearing- conduction; even the faintest sounds are registered. Sound waves are transcribed inside our ears into electrical impulses for our brain to make sense of, our auditory processing.   APD occurs along the electric route, the brain end of things.    It is useful to understand the function of the auditory system before we understand the dysfunction. 

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 Hearing doesn’t mean he heard it!

March 31, 2010

Hearing doesn't mean he heard it


When the world of sensory is all around you, it is hard to see the sensory through the senses (the forest through the trees).  Optimal processing is seamless; all input is integrated without any issues.  The environment gives out so many clues, we have learned to adjust to each subtle bit of information that we don’t think about it.  We don’t know that our minds are processing thousands of pieces of information every second, even while sleeping.  Just as I sit here, the furnace turns on and I know what the sound is but I do not become alarmed or aware of it consciously.  A part of my brain registers that the furnace is on, heat is coming through the vents, and I can relax knowing the temperature in my house is being regulated just as my body temperature is. 

               The problem is that not everybody does this so smoothly.  Read the rest of the article here.