Listening Skills Training Program

Your child has had an Auditory Processing Assessment and is now diagnosed with Auditory Processing Disorder…

Now what?!

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.

Bookings

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.

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COVID-19 Update

At All Ears & Speech our priority is to ensure the health and well-being of our team and valued clients. We understand the significant impact the Coronavirus is having on everyone and that this is one of the biggest challenges we have all faced. We are in this together and our thoughts and best wishes are with you and your families during this time.

Whilst our practice activities have slowed significantly, our team remains able to assist you with your hearing and speech healthcare. We have reduced our clinical hours, further strengthened our already exemplary hygiene practices and our Speech Pathologists are now primarily providing services online using TeleHealth. 

From the 1st April 2020, we have put the following additional safeguards in place to ensure everyone’s well-being and that our business can continue to look after you and your family.

  • Our administration team will work remotely during the day and attend clinic outside normal clinic hours. This is to minimise contact between clinicians, clients and our admin team. Should at any stage someone be exposed to Coronavirus our risk of transmitting the infection to others is significantly reduced. Kindly leave a message on our answering machine and rest assured we will return your call as soon as possible

  • For NEW CLIENTS – we are here to help and answer any questions you may have regarding your hearing, your child’s hearing or your child’s speech and language development. We can offer initial consults over the phone or via TeleHealth (videoconferencing) to assist. We can then determine whether we need to see you in person urgently or whether we can provide you with services via TeleHealth or other resources to help you in the interim. Again, please leave a message on our answering machine or email us on reception@allearsandspeech.com.au and we will get back to you asap.

  • For clients with URGENT REFERRALS from Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists or other medical practitioners we will see you should you pass our COVID19 questionnaire. As per government regulations we will not see anyone who has: 

    1. travelled interstate or overseas without self-isolating for 14 days

    2. anyone unwell (fever, sore throat, respiratory difficulties)

    3. anyone who has been in contact with someone who has travelled or who may have been exposed to COVID19

We will be offering complimentary online resources and short videos to improve children’s listening, learning, speech and language development during this time. 

For our adult clients we will be providing auditory training resources to make the most of your devices, and lots of information about hearing loss and the various technologies available. Our team are excited to be updating and sharing these resources with you. As always, any feedback, or suggestions on topics that you would like covered will be warmly received.

I would like to take the opportunity to thank all our clients for your emails, phone calls and supportive comments during this time. These have been so encouraging and brightened our day. Our clients will continue to remain our priority and we can not thank you enough for choosing us as your service provider. 

On behalf of the team at All Ears & Speech please stay safe and healthy.

Nicole Eglinton

Proud Director of the best team of Audiologists & Speech Pathologist in SA