Long before a child learns to read, we can predict and influence which level of reading they will be capable of. We can observe their vocabulary use, ability to name letters, and how well they are at attributing sounds to letters. The ability to recognize and attribute sounds to letters is referred to as phonological awareness.
Simply put, bone conduction is the process by which we perceive sound through bones in the skull.
There is often confusion about the difference between hearing and listening. This is partly because listening depends on the ability to hear. Generally, however, hearing refers to the ability to process sounds and is considered an automatic process that is not consciously directed. The physiology of the ear and the brain is such that sound waves are received in the ear and sent to the brain for automatic decoding.
April is the National OT Month in the U.S., meaning occupational therapists get 30 days to celebrate everything that makes their profession one of a kind! Every year the American Occupational Therapy Association, AOTA, represents 213,000 occupational therapy practitioners and students in the United States. AOTA educates the public and advances the profession by providing resources, setting standards, and serving as an advocate to improve health care.
Sensory processing, or sensory integration, refers to the way your nervous system interprets sensory messages and turns them into the appropriate physical responses.
In recent years there has been increased attention on the notion of direct brain training to help with specific disabilities. These various procedures have built on growing neuroscience knowledge and research on brain plasticity.
Listen up! When hearing loss affects more than hearing, you can use your voice to boost your brain.
A teacher notices that a child in the classroom never speaks. They may occasionally whisper to a classmate they know well. The child is unresponsive when spoken to, sits in a rigid body position, and may appear expressionless with that deer-in-the-headlights look.
Is your child highly sensitive? Dr. Elaine Aron, author of The Highly Sensitive Child: Helping Our Children Thrive When the World Overwhelms Them, tells us that up to twenty percent of children can be classified as being highly sensitive.