How to Fix Listening

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Learning to Listen…Listening to Learn

Welcome to the How to Fix Series. This online support program helps families who have children who have challenges with LISTENING.

The ability to listen is based on many skills which include:

  • the capability to attend to the talker (focus and attention)
  • the capability and acuity to hear what is being said (hearing function)
  • the ability to process the speakers speech and spoken language based on the amount of capability of the brains listening functions (central auditory processing skills)
  • the ability to comprehend the spoken information based on the the knowledge of the words and language structures used by the speaker
  • the amount of outside interference for the listener to hear in their environment
  • the person choice or will to listen…some people choose to not hear-choose to not learn-choose to not be involved in an interaction.

This program was developed for the following specific reasons.

1.  To support families in gaining information about how to help themselves or their child/family member so that they can reach their listening potential.

WHY? Listening is the vital skill that we use to input information and learning into or minds. It is the method to enable speech sound, words and sentences to enter our mind to be processed to enable effective speech and language skills to develop. These skills listening and speaking skills work together to enable us to be competent learners.

2. To support families to learn about the fundamental skills that are involved in the complex functions that are required for effective listening to occur. By learning about the various functions and how our brain processes for the skill of listening and what happens when things go wrong, they can can assist their children/family members in targeting the most suitable support with the most suitable health health and educational professionals.   This supports them then in their journey to direct their efforts in the specific area that will provide the most benefit for their listening needs thus being directed in where they invest their time and money.

WHY? Families are the people who need to understand the most about a listening condition so that they can access the right people’s help, assist their child to their best capability on a daily basis and then to carry that information to the school setting so that others can also learn how to help their child the best. Listening impacts on a child’s ability to learn in all subjects and all settings. .. so the impact on their educational function is enormous if there are complications. Some listening impairments are unseen and often undiscovered as the child who had never heard well doesn’t know they at hearing poorly.

3. To provide information about the usual assessment procedure that individuals may undertake find out about their listening capabilities.

3.  To provide guidance and information about listening therapy treatment, strategies and ideas that can help improve and to correct and support listening challenges. To also review resources, products and equipment to help you find your way through the jungle of “gizmo gadgets”, “apps”, marketed programs and therapy methods that are available and as to whether they will be of benefit to you or your child.

5. To provided information about funding support that may be available to help you with the expense of assessment,  therapy or equipment to support the process forward to reaching your child’s potential.

Please note that each individual is unique and it is recommended that you or your child be assessed and diagnosed by specialised Health Professionals based on your/the child impairment. Some individuals may need a team of medical professionals that may involve a General practitioner, an Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist, a Speech Pathologist , Audiologist, Occupational Therapist or a Psychologist.

This program is developed and designed to be in conjunction with a qualified Speech Pathologist and/or Audiologist and is not designed to replace the clinical expertise and advice of these professionals.

Please contact the Speech Pathology clinic at “Once Upon a Time Therapy” for assistance if you are needing therapy support. (07) 55 282222

Once Upon A Time Therapy: A purpose built fantasy Speech Therapy clinic based in Jackman St Southport, Queensland, Australia, supporting individuals with communication challenges.

Suite 9/3-15 Jackman St SOUTHPORT Q 4215



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