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Dd says she can hear but finds it hard to understand what's being said- what's this?

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Waitingforsleep Thu 30-Mar-17 10:37:40

Am taking Dd to audiologist today and wondered if they would be able to help?
Dd can hear ok despite having tv on very loud bless her.
Has trouble following and remembering instructions and often says "I don't get what you are saying"
She described it beautifully to me today and said she often takes a while for things to go to her brain, that it's the language she sometimes doesn't get until it gets to her brain. She said she can hear fine.
She said at times the class is so noisy she can't concentrate and often her brains switches off and she gets distracted (.i imagine may happen to lots of children though)

When she had an ep though they said she had high to superior processing and low working memory.
Can anyone advise please? Am going round in circles trying to help her

blaeberry Thu 30-Mar-17 11:10:54

She could have problems with receptive language. Low working memory would also make it difficult to hold several pieces of information in her brain to process them especially if they are being 'crowded out' be new pieces of information in the form of irrelevant distractions. She could have difficulties with auditory processing. She may have difficulties with attention. She most likely has bits of a range of different problems because none of us come as a neat package wink. It is good that she is being seen by EP, mention auditory processing to the audiologist and ask for a referral to speech and language therapy (you may be able to self refer). It might also be worth seeing a developmental paediatrician especially if you have any other concerns.

I hope you can make some sense of your dd difficulties so you can come up with a plan of action

Waitingforsleep Thu 30-Mar-17 12:34:31

Thanks I will mention today. I have just seen her teacher who says she always had a puzzled look on her face for a while then once repeated or she gets it she is happy smiley and off to do her work

zzzzz Thu 30-Mar-17 13:20:40

Auditory processing disorder?

Waitingforsleep Thu 30-Mar-17 14:47:42

I am wondering that. Would the audiologist be able to pick this up today?

zzzzz Thu 30-Mar-17 14:59:24

I don't think so. I think SALT might be a better bet.

Waitingforsleep Thu 30-Mar-17 15:06:51

Ok thanks will get on to them- again! Already seen them but this was a long time ago

F1ipFlopFrus Thu 30-Mar-17 17:40:42

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Waitingforsleep Thu 30-Mar-17 17:47:18

Not heard of that one!
Went to audiologist was in there for one test- said all ok with hearing and hearing speech sounds but that was it..

youarenotkiddingme Thu 30-Mar-17 21:26:01

My thought was auditory processing too.

What's she like with phonics? Can she take the phonic sounds and translate them into words easily? Can she hear them in words? And by that I mean understand not repeat the sounds?

Waitingforsleep Thu 30-Mar-17 21:58:19

Nope she can't do this. She has real
Trouble spelling as she spells how she hears which is incorrect.
Failed phonics test when she was younger..

jigster01 Thu 30-Mar-17 22:12:10

My DS had same description in school as well ..Kept saying everywhere was noisy and he was/ is diagnosed with specific language impairment (SLi ) with severe receptive/expressive language and severe auditory memory which is his biggest barrier to learning.He had low processing and very low memory ..Doing well now at 18 though

beautifulgirls Fri 31-Mar-17 20:25:25

My daughter has auditory processing disorder and language processing issues - put the two together and she can look quite confused by a simple sentence at times.
APD was diagnosed via a specialist clinic at Great Ormond Street - it was the only clinic at the time that was running that I am aware of, unsure if other places may now do it though? The language processing issues were highlighted in Ed Psych assessments.

Waitingforsleep Fri 31-Mar-17 21:48:18

Could this be down to autism and not any of the above? It's so confusing!
The audiologist said about gosh and I would ask to refer but I sure of right path...

Violet44 Sat 01-Apr-17 20:57:44

My son has been referred to gosh to be assessed for audio processing, an ot mentioned it as he was very distracted by background noise in her session. He was also assessed for autism by multidisciplinary team with ados but not given a diagnosis. He hass some of the difficulties you're describing, and others as well, he gets phonics though does now but took him a long time. Do you have other concerns relating to autism? I know from the paperwork I was given for the audio processing referral they won't assess a child with an autism diagnosis.

Waitingforsleep Sun 02-Apr-17 02:13:16

Dd has had autism Ados twice now and both time says no but I'm not sure if there is asd or something else like auditory
I'm so confused and lost with this all ;(

Spooningleadstoforking Sun 02-Apr-17 15:39:14

This also sounds similar to my son who is nearly 11. He had the Test of Visual Perception Skills done by an OT after I sought a referral from GP, it covers 7 different elements of visual perception maybe worth having this done ?

He has massive problems with getting letters round the right way, spelling, cannot tell the time and his writing is more often than not all over the show. His biggest problem is memory. It. Is. BAD. To the point where you feel he is having you on. It's like he isn't on this planet either, very very vague about everything, his favourite reply is I Don't Know.

We are awaiting paediatrician appointment in May as my other son has ASD and there are similarities but also massive differences. He goes to senior school in September - it's such a worry.

Good to hear your son is doing well now jig

Good luck

jigster01 Sun 02-Apr-17 17:20:54

Thank you spoon ...It was a very difficult few years as he went to weekly resi school but it has been the making of him ..He's now in local Fe college putting all the strategies he learnt in place without all the adults helping him (and mum!) He still has his ehcp and does need it but equally importantly he is learning and putting into place all his life skills which he was very very behind in ..
Sorry to derail waiting

mumsuzz Mon 03-Apr-17 14:05:57

My dd has ASD but also Auditory Processing Disorder.

Testing by GOSH as mentioned above (Dr Sirimana) - it was interesting how many simple words she heard/processed incorrectly - especially where there is background noise. We got the APD diagnosis pre ADOS but it helped with getting her support

Waitingforsleep Mon 03-Apr-17 21:54:13

How do I get a referal to gosh? How should I go about it? Thanks

beautifulgirls Tue 04-Apr-17 19:08:36
You may need a paediatrician referral rather than a GP referral. Your GP may need to send her to a paediatrician first before GOSH will accept the referral. I think they also require a clear hearing test which needs to be repeated before a child is seen at GOSH to ensure at the time of testing there are no problems such as glue ear that might interfere. You should probably contact your GP first and take from there.

ConstantCraving Tue 04-Apr-17 21:37:11

Would recommend SALT, they diagnosed my DD - who has ASD - with a severe specific language disorder She can hear fine, but has difficulty processing. It is more of a barrier to learning for her than her ASD. Your daughter describes it brilliantly!

Waitingforsleep Wed 05-Apr-17 19:41:30

She has seen salt a while back and admittedly I haven't been able to describe it the way she has but once again she was discharged. I may try again, hey I will try it all!?!

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