Childhood learning difficulties just do not disappear

Welcome to the April 2014 article on our brain and what can affect its function.Frequent childhood ear infections make language and speech muffled and this is whatchildrenhear, process, sequence (put in order ), and memorise, resulting in stored nonsense. So when a teacher asks a question, a child will give a completelydifferent answer to the question that was asked.

Thiscanhave disastrous consequences in school and at work. The child can become lost in class/work, falling behind, socially withdrawing, impacting on self esteem and confidence, etc.

Frequent ear infections may result in missed development in the early years, resulting in delayed speech and language development, classroom learning problems, sometimes reading problems.Auditory processing disorder can be caused by childhood ear infections, and is the underlying cause of dyslexia. Between 30 and 40 per cent of ADHD is simply down to learning difficulty.

Ear infections occur when sticky wax clumps together, stopping natural ear movement, impairing language processing and sequencingand undermining awareness of phonics and reading comprehension, two critical skills needed for learning.

Because there are many possible causes of auditory processing disorder, including head injuries, severe illness, and hereditary problems, participants need to be assessed individually, ideally while still in primary school.

Having witnessed the effects of ear infections, dyslexia, and APD, etc; traditional methods such as speech therapy, counselling, and special needs teaching can be of little use as therapy needs to be frequent and intense to change brain function and the computer, a child's best mechanical friend, is the tool of choice.

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Call (091 ) 511476 to book a screening. For a location map visit www.braincare.ie

Further information at www.griffintuition.ie then call (091 ) 589771 to book a screening.

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