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Some children can hear, but have trouble understanding what
they hear. Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) can adversely affect
learning, reading, social development and behaviour.
Is your child having
This could be an
Auditory Processing Disorder
in the diagnosis and
treatment of APD
Presentation: 7.30pm -- 9.00pm
Wed 15 May, Thurs 13 June, Wed 10 July,
Thurs 15 Aug, Wed 11 Sept, Thurs 10 Oct,
Wed 13 Nov.
Venue: The Parenting Place,
300 Great South Rd, Greenlane.
Please register by emailing email@example.com or phone 524 7074
Come and learn more about APD
Mark, loving school again
Twelve year old Mark passed
ordinary hearing tests but he
struggled at school and his
mother was convinced he wasn't
hearing properly. An assessment
at SoundSkills found that Mark
had amblyaudia, a condition in
which the two ears don't work
properly together to hear in
diffcult situations. Fortunately
amblyaudia can be corrected by
training to strengthen the weak
ear. After four weeks of therapy
Mark's mother reported that
Mark was loving school, putting
his hand up and participating
in class. His reading and maths
were already improving, he
had stopped saying "What?"
all the time, and was no longer
exhausted at the end of the school
day. "Mark is shining" she said.
1 in 20 children may
have an Auditory
Auditory Processing Disorder
(APD) is an under-recognised
hearing problem that underlies
learning diffculties in thousands
of New Zealand children. APD is
not detected by standard hearing
tests, but it can be diagnosed by
audiologists using special tests,
and it can be treated. A clinic for
children with APD, SoundSkills,
has been established at The
Parenting Place. SoundSkills'
expert team of audiologists,
speech-language therapist and
education adviser specialise in
diagnosing and treating APD.
APD often shows up as a
learning problem because
children with APD miss
hearing vital information. The
problem lies in the hearing
pathways and centres in the
brain. Children with APD can
have diffculty understanding
spoken information unless it
is brief and simple, or have
diffculty hearing if there is other
background sound. APD can
affect spelling, reading, learning,
language, social development
and behaviour. Fortunately APD
can be effectively treated.
Greg, much better in class now
Greg used to lack confdence,
fnd school work challenging
and spend most of his time in
a dream world. Today, Greg is
a bright and chatty youngster
who's brimming with confdence
and fnding it much easier to pay
attention. Since being diagnosed
with APD and using a special
listening device, he's made huge
improvements and is doing much
better in class. "It was good to
know what was wrong and that
something could be done about
it," says Greg's mum. "It's like a
door has been opened to a whole
new world for him."
Please note: Children's names and details
have been changed for privacy.
Dr Anne Toth -- Audiologist | Emma Russell -- Audiologist | Chloe Cheung -- Speech-Language Therapist
Jenny Coutts -- Education Adviser | Dr Bill Keith -- Director
For more information, a brochure, or to attend a free presentation
please contact SoundSkills at firstname.lastname@example.org or (09) 524 7074
or visit www.soundskills.co.nz.
Soundskills Clinic: The Parenting Place, 300 Great South Road, Greenlane.
Important information for all parents
Kiwis take on the best at lacrosse world cup
By JESS LEE
Catching up: NZ women's lacrosse team players Mary-Carol ''MC'' Holdaway, Erin Jagger and Sian Halliwell say the squad
is hot on the heels of the top teams going into the FIL Women's Lacrosse World Cup.
Photo: JASON OXENHAM
Go to aucklandcityharbournews.co.nz
and click on Latest Edition to see a
video of the NZBlax.
A squad of fearless lacrosse players
is hoping to prove it is no longer
playing catch-up with the rest of the
world at this year's FIL Women's
Lacrosse World Cup in Canada.
The NZBlax are currently ranked
12th in the world and after years of
intense training the team is looking
to take out eighth place at this
year's competition which gets under
way on July 10.
Team captain Sian Halliwell says
they are well placed to win a top
eight spot thanks to a world-class
programme and a bigger squad
leading into the final trials.
A tough pool will see the national
women's side face the top five-
ranked Irish squad and play a cross-
over match against eighth-ranked
Lacrosse has been dubbed the
fastest game on two feet and these
New Zealand athletes have been
putting in the hard yards to show
they can keep up.
The team has completed two
tours across the ditch in the past
year for the Down Under Cup and
Southern Cross tournaments and
played their first three-day series
against world No 2 Australia.
Halliwell says while the game's
powerhouse nations, Australia, the
United States and England are in a
league of their own, this squad has
what it takes to make an impact.
We're knocking on the door of
Our really high goal is fifth but
realistically eighth place is where
we're aiming and I think that's
achievable -- we've definitely got the
squad to get there.''
Goalkeeper Erin Jagger says the
team has a good balance of fresh
talent and experienced players.
It means we don't have to start
back at square one if this is the last
world cup for some players.''
Halliwell credits the team's coach
Kari Jones, a fellow former British
international player, for the team's
growth over the past two years.
Jones and the rest of the squad
will be putting budding lacrosse
players through their paces at the
team's Lacrosse Academy at Mt
Roskill's Memorial Park on May 12.
Go to facebook.com/nzwomens
lacrosse for more details.
Youthtown survey a chance for young people to have their say
Young? Want to have your say?
New Zealand's largest youth
charity Youthtown wants young
Kiwis to speak up on the issues that
matter most to them, through the
second annual Voice of NZ Survey.
The survey aims to have a posi-
tive emphasis on understanding
young Kiwis' relationships with
family and friends, who they iden-
tify with and why, and what their
plans are for the future.
In 2012 more than 800 young peo-
ple aged 13 to 18 candidly shared
their views. This year Youthtown
hopes the survey will extend its
reach further. Teens can complete
the survey online until May 17.
Youthtown has again com-
missioned specialist research com-
pany Point Research to develop this
year's survey, designed to follow the
theme of Youth Week which is live
like a legend''.
Youthtown chief executive Paula
Kearns says last year's inaugural
survey generated significant data
from hundreds of young New Zea-
The results were invaluable, giv-
ing us a unique insight into the
minds of our youth and ensuring
that we're communicating with
them in a way they understand.
We discovered who they look up
to and why, what's important to
them and the world they live in,
where they see themselves in the
future and much more.''
The survey data helps Youthtown
shape its programmes to support
young people's personal goals and
Last year's survey also gave us
the opportunity to work with other
youth-focused stakeholders to share
youth views,'' Ms Kearns says.
We already have a huge amount
of interest in this year's survey from
young people wanting to have their
voices heard and key stakeholders.''
Before developing the questions
Point Research used focus groups
with young people and youth organ-
isations to identify what data from
last year's survey requires further
consideration and what new ground
should be explored.
Key youth stakeholders included
the Ministry of Youth Development,
Auckland Council, Youthline, the
Foundation of Youth Development,
Rainbow Youth and Attitude
Point Research principal
researcher Alex Woodley says the
groups play a fundamental role in
developing and shaping the survey.
From these we were also able to
pin-point gaps and look into areas
and issues that have become more
prominent over the past year.''
Young people aged between 13
and 18 can complete the survey at
youthtown.org.nz until May 17.
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