Hi all, I am new here, I have read many of your life stories here - such strong parents! I don't know if this really fits here. Anyway long story short, my 7 year Son has been diagnosed with APD at the Listen and Learn Centre in Balwyn Victoria and will be assessed this coming Wednesday at the same place for suspected ASD.
The therapy that has been recommended for DS1 is and Auditory Training Program based on the Tomatis method (music based therapy) which is on the number one list of priorities, also Developmental Movement Exercises, Cogmed Memory training and Fastforward plus Social Skills therapy.I was just hoping to find some feedback on all these Therapies especially the Tomastic one. Also if he didn't do this Tomastic one, would anything else be helpful to improve his auditory processing? He is very behind in the academics at school however, he is now getting a classroom aid which is great.
I really just need to double check these therapies, because we are actually living in Geelong and to attend these sessions in Balwyn is at least 3 hours driving total a day. Especially as it is recommended that he do two intensives which involve 5 days a week for three weeks (30 hours). Though they have offered to condense the first one into 2 weeks however that would be a 5 hour day (breaks in between).It's also quite expensive not accounting for the travel either. Also I'm not sure our DS1 will handle that much travel as well.
We were originally referred to CAHMS in Geelong but we we were not happy (in fact we are furious) with them.
The Catholic school system has provided a Speech Pathologist, but she is spread thin around Geelong plus there isn't much point doing speech therapy when DS1 can't process the sounds or remember them (which is why Reading Recovery hasn't worked for him too.)
I have googled and not found anything really. Does anyone have any ideas or successful stories around Victoria for improving Auditory Processing Disorder? Please! Thanks!