Link: Full Story Kimberly Goss taught her sons how to crawl their way to success -- literally. Benjamin Goss, 26, and Christopher Goss, 23, suffer from learning disabilities.
When the two were children, Kimberly and her husband, Bill, took them to be tested at an area learning center and were told that neither boy would ever develop the intellectual capacity to attend college.
Refusing to accept that assessment, Kimberly took her sons out of public school, where they were in special education classes, and taught them at home.
"What I did was pull them out of a situation that was damaging to their self-esteem," Kimberly said. "We did a lot of praying, let them know they were smart and just believed in them."
Ben suffers from dyslexia and an auditory processing affliction that inhibits his ability to recall instructions. Christopher has dyslexia and dysgraphia, which is a deficiency in his ability to write.
Ben and Christopher credit their mother for putting them on a path to academic excellence.
Does your child have good hearing but listen poorly?
Some parents refer to this as selective hearing, but your child may actually have trouble listening. While hearing is the ability to detect sound, listening is how the brain processes auditory information.
When Aubrey Bush switched from competitive gymnastics to diving, the biggest sticking point sounds simpler than it actually is — landing on her head. "In gymnastics, it's engrained in your head to never, ever do that," she said. But Bush has taken to diving like, well, a duck to water. Her work on the springboard has come easier than her work in the classroom. Bush suffers from an auditory processing disorder — or APD, for short. "If someone studies for 30 minutes, it'd take me an hour and a half," she said. "So, the time thing has been hard. Other than that, time management is the biggest thing. I feel that I'm OK at that right now."
Listening is an engaging way to learn, a primary approach to developing or strengthening reading strategies, and, in some cases, a necessary means to access information and knowledge. Listening media, such as audio books and text-to-speech, can be especially helpful to children with learning disabilities, such as those with dyslexia and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) , who struggle with print-based learning, and central auditory processing disorder (CAPD), who may struggle to listen.
Auditory processing is a term used to describe what happens when your brain recognizes and interprets the sounds around you. Humans hear when energy that we recognize as sound travels through the ear and is changed into electrical information that can be interpreted by the brain. The "disorder" part of auditory processing disorder means that something is adversely affecting the processing or interpretation of the information.