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Children's Speech, Language and Learning Services is a private pediatric practice established in 1991 by Janet Knutson, MS, CCC-SLP. Each therapist and tutor is recognized for dedication and excellence in providing quality services to children and families.Our Speech and Language Pathologists hold Masters Degrees, and are licensed by the American and Indiana Speech, Language and Hearing Associations. As a group, we offer comprehensive services, with specialty areas including evaluation and treatment of the following;

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Early Language and Speech Development Oral Motor and Feeding Problems
Receptive Language Disorders Stuttering Disorders
Expressive Language Disorders Learning Disabilities and Differences
Auditory Processing Disorders Phonological and Phonemic Awareness Disorders
Articulation Disorders Reading and Spelling Disorders

Auditory processing refers to the brain's ability to recognize and interpret sounds. A child with auditory processing disorder often does not recognize the subtle differences between sounds in words, even though hearing is normal. Specific areas of difficulty include;

  • Auditory Memory
    Children with auditory memory problems may show difficulty with remembering rote or meaningful information that they hear. When given information to listen to, they may show a blank look, or ask to have a directions repeated.

  • Auditory Discrimination
    Children with this problem often confuse spoken sounds like "pig" versus "big", or "mine" versus "nine." This is problem becomes especially apparent when a child begins to read and spell.

  • Auditory Attention
    A child with this problem will experience a great deal of difficulty in maintaining focus when asked to listen. With young children, sitting and listening to a book during circle time may be a struggle.

  • Auditory Figure-Ground
    Children with this problem have a difficult time in "tuning out" background noise in order to listen. They may not be able to follow directions as well when the television is on, or in a noisy classroom.

  • Auditory Cohesion
    A child may show difficulty with higher level listening tasks, such as drawing inferences from conversations, understanding humor, or verbal math problems. Because auditory cohesion is necessary for good conversational "flow" with others, a child may present as having a pragmatic or social language disorder.

The cause of APD is usually unknown, but can be related to other conditions like dyslexia, attention deficit disorder, developmental delay, or specific language impairment. Assessment by a qualified Speech and language pathologist is instrumental in determining how well your child can understand and express language and process sound. Audiologists, who are trained in this particular disorder, typically collaborate with the speech and language pathologist, in order to determine the best course of action for a child.