A couple questions about APD and such

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A couple questions about APD and such
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Tue, 08-15-2006 - 1:11am

First, I posted this up here becuase I don't think that auditory processing problems probably are appropriate in the hearing loss section. Though folks have questioned whether my son has hearing loss, I don't think he does. He learned to read fine, never had an articulation difficulty and his language came in basically at the normal time. His is more the autistic version of not hearing.

However, he has significant auditory processing problems. For instance, if the teacher gives him a direction in school she can only give one and has to give him a good 10 seconds to start doing what she asked, even for known things. He doesn't respond to his name even to friends particularly in noisy environments. For instance, there is one boy who is my friends son and DS loves him. It was a crowded area and this boy was screaming DS's name from less than 5ft away and ds never turned. He has trouble walking infront of cars and such because he doesn't hear them.

On the other hand the boy has perfect pitch (for hearing, not signing) and can pick out certain instruments in songs, etc. He appears ot have a gift for music though we haven't tapped it yet.

It has been a struggle because this auditory problem really causes him loads of difficulty and it is the one thing we really haven't been able to address. So finally after that background I am getting to my questions. We have tried earobics and he won't have anything to do with it.

1) what are some things that you would recomend? What works?

2) has anyone tried music therapy? We just started MT for him a couple months ago through a state program but they only cover when school isn't in session so I have to try to get the school to cover. The most interesting thing is they have noted that though Mike has significant trouble following verbal directions, he follows directions put to music perfectly.

He is in process of having his triennial done. He also has been referred to a big state ed agency called the diagnostic center to help with planning for him for many reasons. He is a tough kid to plan for. He also has a fabulous teacher so this is the time to really get things in place that are right. So I am trying to get my ducks in order and get things right for him.

Thanks,

Renee

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Wed, 08-30-2006 - 11:11pm

Actually I got a bunch of fantastic articles from the music therapy association. They have a couple of music therapy journals just busting with scientific studies. 2 studies in particular had great results for clients with ASD's. I have sent one of those abstracts along to the district but I am having a hard time finding a journal article about auditory processing. There isn't a search feature so it is a matter of going through the table of contents on each journal and then getting the abstracts from there.

Renee

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Wed, 08-30-2006 - 9:27pm
If you are trying to find documentation to present to the IEP team, you may want to do some searches for scholarly articles. Newspaper articles don't hold very much credibility. I would google the names of the people named in the article and look for scholarly works by them. Also, if a university near you has a music program, they may also have a music therapy program.
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Wed, 08-30-2006 - 9:22pm

Thank you, thank you.

I have bookmarked it. I am trying to gather all the info I can on it so I hopefully can get it from the school.

Renee

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Wed, 08-30-2006 - 9:08pm

Hi there!

I found this article on Music Therapy today and I thought you would like to see it.

http://www.courierpostonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060829/LIVING/608290301/1004

Have joy!
Dawn

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Tue, 08-22-2006 - 10:17pm
I'm glad to hear that things are getting better. Its never a good time to have a child in the hospital.
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Tue, 08-22-2006 - 6:21pm

He is doing much better now that he is home. Actually it wasn't dh, it was my 10yo ASD, APD, etc etc son. Of all the members in the family to have this happen to, he was the worst. Poor guy! He was a trooper though. And very happy to be home. He has been very sweet and mellow today. Hard to yell at sibs or get hyper when it hurts like heck!

It was quite the traumatic experience but it is over now, thank god.

Renee

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Tue, 08-22-2006 - 7:03am

(((Renee)))...how is dh doing?

Maria :)                


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Tue, 08-22-2006 - 2:37am
Is he doing okay?
Steph

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Tue, 08-22-2006 - 12:40am

Your sweet. Sorry I didn't reply sooner. mike was in the hospital all weekend with an appendicitis. We just got home this evening.

Thank you for the reminder that no one person can veto. That is a good thing to remember. I forget sometimes. This lady is the head of the district elementary sped program and she likes to come to all my meetings. (loverly) I know she likes to appear like she can veto but never would put it that way and knows just how to do it. She is one of those very political types so I needed that reminder.

Thanks again stephanie.

Renee

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Fri, 08-18-2006 - 3:49pm

SOunds like you have all your ducks in a very straight row. LOL

One person on the IEP team CAN NOT veto anything. It must be based on providing the child with FAPE, not what any one person thinks or even what the majority think. That's not how IEP teams work.... legally, that is. Of course, you know that. If she does try to veto it, you could try just saying that you understand that she has concerns, know how are we going to make this work. KWIM? Just pass her by. I know that she's the administrator. The "underlings" will usually bow down to administrators. (This is NOT meant as a hit to the teachers here!! This is how it is with *most* teachers and staff members that work for *most* SDs. It is a generalization. Please, do not take offense.) You don't have to.

And I'm talking to a pro. So, what more can I say. :)

Steph

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