Your child has had an Auditory Processing Assessment and is now diagnosed with Auditory Processing Disorder…
Following the assessment, management strategies are recommended to address your child’s specific areas of difficulty, however families report that it is often difficult to know where, and how to start.
At Little Ears we have been listening! Not only have we launched our school based auditory processing assessment program following our successful pilot program in 2016, but we are also excited to now offer our Auditory Processing Therapy & Listening Skills Training Program. This program is tailored specifically for your child focusing on their presenting difficulties, auditory weaknesses and further considers intervention strategies already implemented by other health professionals.
Management of auditory processing difficulties requires a multidisciplinary approach and must involve parents, teaching staff and all allied and medical health professionals involved in your child’s care. The Special Education Unit at Macquarie University recommends and supports the explicit teaching of listening skills rather than the majority of “quick-fix” computer programs which are not recommended. This is exactly what our therapy program focuses on – listening skill development.
“Little Ears was able to confirm our daughter’s Auditory Processing Disorder in a relaxed and comfortable environment. We then chose to undertake the Auditory Processing Therapy and Listening Skills Training Program, which was tailored to our daughter’s needs and included activities to work on at home. Our daughter enjoyed this, as she has enjoyed all of her time with her audiologist, and the resulting report shows that her skills have improved significantly since beginning her therapy.”
– Sue, mother of Bethany (October 2017)
How long does the program run and what are the associated costs?
The AP Therapy & Listening Skills Program typically involves 5 x 45 minute sessions (occasionally a reduced number of sessions may be recommended depending on the needs of your child). It is recommended that the first appointment be arranged within 1 month after your child’s assessment. This ensures that results can be reviewed with you and assistance can be provided to implement recommendations made in a timely manner. Further sessions can be scheduled at time intervals most beneficial for your child and to fit around family commitments. Many families like to consider fortnightly or monthly appointments, again depending on your child’s results and progress.
Homework exercises are provided for further training and to consolidate new skills. Questionnaires are used pre- and post-training to gauge the progress of your child at school and at home.
The cost for each session is $125.00.
Are any rebates available?
Children diagnosed with an Auditory Processing Disorder may be able to access a Medicare Management Plan via their GP. Please take a copy of your child’s report and this letter to your GP for their consideration. Should your GP be happy to arrange a plan a rebate of $52.95 would be available for each appointment (can be processed on-site).
If your child has met the criteria for funding through the National Disability Insurance Scheme you may be able to have this program funding through this avenue depending on your child’s plan. Please contact us for further information or assistance if required.
To book your child in for our AP Therapy & Listening Skills Program please contact us on (08) 8120 2110. We look forward to working with you and your child.
The Team at Little Ears