World renowned specialist on Auditory Processing Disorder gave a workshop to speech-language pathologists from Suburban Speech Center of Short Hills, NJ. Lois Heymann presented a workshop to the staff of Suburban Speech Center on January 21, 2011. Lois Heymann, M.A, CCC-SLP is the Director of the Auditory Processing Center in Manhattan.
She is known for her work with entertainer Rosie O’Donnell’s son, Blake, who has an auditory processing disorder. O’Donnell was so enthusiastic with the results with her son, she encouraged Lois to write a book – which she did – called The Sound of Hope: Recognizing, Coping With and Treating Your Child’s Auditory Processing Disorder.
According to Heymann Auditory Processing Disorder, APD is often characterized by a confusing ability to hear well but not listen well; a limited vocabulary; and frustration in communication. This chronically underdiagnosed problem affects an estimated 1.5 million children in the United States. For children with undiagnosed APD, words are jumbled and distorted, they have a hard time following directions, and become frustrated in trying to make themselves understood, which can lead to unruly behavior, poor school performance, social isolation, and low self-esteem.
The speech-language pathologists at Suburban Speech Center in Short Hills have been working with children exhibiting Auditory Processing Disorders for many years. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Dr. Nancy Polow, Director, at 973-921-1400.