The mission at Links to Learning is to enhance the health, learning, cognitive function and productivity of those who are seeking to realize their full potential.
Links to Learning was established to provide resources to individuals who experience learning or behavioural problems.
The principal belief of our work is based on 'Neuroplasticity' which is the brains ability to change.
We offer a screening to understand potential underlying causes of why an individual is not developing as expected
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Why screen auditory and visual processing skills?
Children who find reading a challenge have been shown to have difficulties with a variety of basic sensory processing skills. These include pitch perception[i], auditory temporal processing[ii], gap detection[iii], pitch pattern tone duration[iv] and others. These are fundamental auditory processing skills for reading development as well as listening and concentration.
It is clear then that auditory and visual processing challenges are an important area to consider for anyone working with children with literacy and concentration problems. If children do have these fundamental challenges with the processing of visual and auditory information, extra reading, phonics or other programmes can have a limited effect.
Auditory and visual processing is often a component of labels such as Dyslexia[vii], ADHD[viii] and many others. Assessment of these areas is therefore an important part of a full understanding of processing capabilities at a sensory level
[i] Loui, P., Kroog, K., Zuk,J., Winner, E., and Schlaug, G. (2011) Relating pitch awareness to phonemic awareness in children: implications for tone-deafness and dyslexia. Frontiers In Psychology, 2011; Vol. 2, Article 111
[ii] Cacace, A. T., McFarland, J., Ouimet, J. R., Schreiber, J. and Marro, P. (1999) Temporal Processing Deficits in Remediation-Resistant Reading-Impaired Children. Audiology and Neuro- Otology, 2000; Vol. 5 pp83–97
[iii] Zaidan, E. and Baran, J.A., (2013) Gaps-in-noise (GIN©) test results in children with and without reading disabilities and phonological processing deficits. International Journal of Audiology, 2013: Vol. 52, pp 113-123
[iv] Walker, M. M., Givens, G.D., Cranford, J.L., Holbert, D. and Walker, L. (2006) Auditory pattern recognition and brief tone discrimination of children with reading disorders. Journal of Communication Disorders, 2013: Vol. 39, pp 442-45
[v] Laasonsen, M., Service, E. and Virsu, V. (2001) Temporal order and processing acuity of visual, auditory and tactile perception in developmentally dyslexic young adults. Cognitive, Affective and Behavioural Neuroscience, 2001: Vol.1 (4), pp. 394-410
[vi] Talcott, J. B., Hansen, P.C., Willis-Owen, C., McKinnell, I. W., Richardson, A. J. and Stein J. F. (1998) Visual magnocellular impairment in adult developmental dyslexics. Neuro-Opthamology, 1998 Vol 20 (4), 187-201
[vii] Heiervang, E.,Stevenson, J. and Hugdhal, K. (2002) Auditory Processing in children with Dyslexia. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 2002: Vol. 43:7 pp931-938
[viii] Smith, A., Taylor, E., Warner Rogers, J., Newman, S. and Rubia, K. (2002) Evidence for a pure time perception deficit in children with ADHD. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 2002: Vol. 43:4 pp529-54
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