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.