You Must Not Walk your Journey of Auditory Processing Disorder Alone...
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You Don't Need to Suffer Auditory Processing Disorder Alone...
Auditory processing disorder (ADP) affects about 5% of children of school-going age. It can also be suffered by autistic people. In recent times, there has been an upsurge in the percentage of people who are suffering from ADP and so far, awareness has been created and there’s been a substantial outreach to help people understand this cause better and know how to manage the situation. APD has to do with the central nervous system, and how it processes data. Just like ADHD, it affects one’s learning ability. This can lead to sensory disintegration and intellectual dysfunction.
However, the Auditory Processing Disorder doesn’t occur as a result of a high order, or other deficits. Also, not every form of intellectual dysfunction or learning disability can be termed APD.
Good thing is that assistance has been made available to every person who wants to manage and learn how to handle their ADP condition and get better at it.
At Brain Training Australia, we’d help you alleviate and take care of your ADP symptoms and guide you on how to live better with the condition.
Our intervention is very much safe and natural. Especially for patients who’d opt for the natural procedure.
At BTA, our method of treatment is very much safer, natural, and medication-free; our wellness module is top-notch and advanced. We apply the most technical approach and use the most advanced neurotechnology tools and equipment, all for your well-being and to obtain the optimum result.
More so, all of our tools, equipment, and treatment approaches are authorized by the U.S Food and Drug Administration. In order words, it takes care of your general well-being and it averts your chances of encountering risks and complications.
What is Auditory Processing Disorder –ADP?
Auditory Processing Disorder, in other words also identified as Central Processing Disorder, has been on an upsurge and has about 5-7% of people suffering from it. In this condition, kids unlike their contemporaries, find it critically difficult to understand what they listen to or hear. The reason is that there is no aligning coordination between the brain and the ear. There is an interruption in the way the brain processes information and what it makes of it. Also, there is interference in the way the brain identifies speech.
However, the good news is that when the right approach to management is applied, children suffering from ADP would be able to do better academically and in all areas of their endeavors.
On the other hand, diagnosing or identifying that a child has ADP is of the essence and would go a long way in curbing the effect. If the diagnosis is not carried out on time, the child would end up facing challenges academically and socially.
Children who are suffering from Auditory Processing Disorder tend to hear loud sounds that are produced within the environment that they are in, however, the issue in the condition is their inability to differentiate the simplest sounds from the words, even when it is as audible as a loud thud.
This is mostly seen where the child isn’t paying so much attention to the words that are being said. For instance, when there is a noise in the background other than what is being said directly to them. This mostly affects their social well-being.
Hence, a child can’t be able to learn and comprehend what is being taught in the classroom because of the background sound that may be emanating from other children or the school environment.
If you aren’t sure if your children have or do not have Auditory Processing Disorder, then, you might love to have them diagnosed. At Brain Training Australia, we have audiologists who are certified and experienced in Auditory Processing Disorder and are best at managing the condition. Our audiologist would have your child examined to ascertain their speech and hearing disability and ability.
How to Diagnose Auditory Processing Disorder –ADP
While diagnosing your child, we’d use special testing kits specifically for APD. While diagnosing your child there are specific issues we look forward to ascertaining, these issues include; dichotic hearing, auditory closure, temporal processing, binaural interaction, and auditory figure-ground.
In this case, the child has no other option than to put in speeches in a void area where they think it is necessary or more difficult. This mostly happens when the person who is talking is pretty fast while talking or their words or muffled when this happens, the child won’t be able to repeat exactly what the speaker had said, it’d be a mixture of what the speaker said and what the child thought he heard.
In this condition, the child would require a giving time to be able to listen and process the words that have been said to them. During this time, they’d either be able or not be able to distinguish the difference (s) in the words that were said to them. In this method o[f diagnosis, they’d also be able to identify pitch and tones, get puns and humor in a sentence, etc.
Here, the child would find it pretty a herculean task to be able to understand speech where there is noise in the background or the environment where they are in. A noisy environment can be frustrating for children who are suffering from Auditory Processing Disorder.
Mode of operation
We apply the best approach while putting you through your training sessions. First, before we begin our rain training, there’d be a consultation procedure. This would help us know how to go about your condition and how chronic it is.
We use the most relaxing procedure while attending to you. Neurofeedback is an active and tremendously effective procedure for training the brain and its benefit can’t be underestimated. The procedure of neurofeedback is 100% safe, non-invasive, and natural. The process is unlimited to people of all age ranges. All you’d have to do is to relax your physical body while we work on you.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is NeurOptimal® Neurofeedback?
Here at Brain Training Australia™, we use a specific type of NeurOptinmal® Neurofeedback which is an advanced form of Brain Training Technology. It is a safe, natural, non-invasive, drug-free, effective method grounded in decades of evidence-based clinical research that allows the brain to restore healthy mental processes and achieve life changing results. Neurofeedback measures and analyses the electricity generated by the Central Nervous System and then uses this analyses to provide specific interactive brain training exercises. Neurofeedback uses real-time displays of brain activity through the use of electroencephalography (EEG), to teach self-regulation of brain function. It provides information to your brain which allows it to reorganize itself. When your brain does this, you usually feel better in your life with easier access to more optimal functioning physically and emotionally. Neurofeedback Brain Training is quite a specialised field of neuroscience, so we have compiled this helpful FAQ section on our website to inform you and help you with any questions you may have.
How does Neurofeedback work?
Neurofeedback works through auditory perception interruptions, so once your dedicated Neurofeedback Practitioner has you hooked up to the EEG system, you will be asked to listen to some nice relaxation music (for auditory perception interruption purposes). As you listen to the music, you will hear little interruptions or glitches (similar to static) and this is the brain generated feedback at work. The interruptions are not pre-set in the music, instead they are live feedback from your own brainwaves which are obtained via the EEG system, to which you are hooked up to. Every time you hear an interruption in the music, you’ll know your brain has just adjusted itself so the music keeps playing. Over a few sessions, this static will become less pronounced – this is normal and the feedback loop will still be happening, even if you can’t hear it. Most people find the sessions enjoyable - you can just relax and enjoy them. There is absolutely nothing you have to do. Focusing on problem issues too intently during the session can be counterproductive – the more you can relax and let go, the easier it is for your brain to make the adjustments it needs. You can lie back or not, and have your eyes open or closed. Some may feel sensations in their body or head, like tingling or warmth, or they may feel nothing. These sensations are not an indication of progress and it is not important whether you are aware of sensations or not, as it is not related to the effectiveness of the session.
Do you diagnose or medicate?
No. At Brain Training Australia™ Clinic we do not diagnose. Or medicate. We train. Neurofeedback Brain Training is used a tool for brain training and optimization, not as a means of diagnosis, treatment or as medical intervention. Your brain is in complete charge of any and all adjustments it chooses to make in each session. The system which we use at Brain Training Australia™ Clinic does not do anything to your brain. It does not stimulate it in any way, and there is no electrical current going into your brain. It simply brings to the brain’s attention what it is already doing – acting like a mirror, reflecting information back to the brain and central nervous system. This allows the brain to recognize patterns of stress and make adjustments to release that pattern/stress.
What is Neuroplasticity?
Neuroplasticity is the ability of the brain to reorganise itself and to create new neural networks, in other words, create different ways of thinking. The average human brain has 100 million neurons and each neuron has as many as 7000 synaptic connections to other neurons. While the method employed at Brain Training Australia is Neurofeedback, the process by which the changes occur is through Neuroplasticity. What is happening when we put the EEG Sensors on the scalp, is that the system is measuring the summation of cortical, or electrical activity in the brain. The auditory interruptions or feedback provided is picking up on an existing stress response, inefficiency or instability in the brain. These changes are made through the processes of neuroplasticity. We don't want to tell the brain what to do or to stimulate it in any way, and there is no preconceived notion of how your brain should be performing. Instead we want the brain to form its own pathways and it does so naturally, gently and safely through neuroplasticity.
How many sessions will I need?
One of the features of Neurofeedback is that it is very safe because the person is able to change at their own rate without any forcing of the process. In addition, everyone is starting from a different place with a different history and they are coming for different reasons. Some achieve their desired outcome in ten sessions. Most require between ten and twenty sessions, with some requiring more. Remember, you do not need to do ten or twenty sessions to experience benefits as this will be evident within the first few sessions. Neurofeedback is not a quick fix; it is a program that allows your brain and central nervous system to release old habits and re-train itself in a healthier form which takes time and commitment on your part in the form of regular sessions. The total number of sessions required differs from person to person and we will monitor your specific needs. Your dedicated Neurofeedback Practitioner will be able to recommend your Brain Training Program specific to you, depending on your presentation at Session 1.
How often do I need to Train?
Neurofeedback is Brain Training and, like any training, it is repetition that gets the skills in place and then establishes resiliency and long lasting outcomes. Thus it becomes important to carry the improvements across from one session to the next. Most people achieve this with one session per week at the beginning, with a decrease in frequency towards the end of training. If you wish for a faster and easier outcome then two sessions per week are optimal. However, it is important to say that we have had many clients who have achieved very good outcomes with fortnightly sessions or less. This includes fly in fly out mining workers who are training a few days in a row once every three weeks or less. In addition, we have clients who are on the move and will do daily or twice daily sessions for a week or so with the benefits flowing on over time post Neurofeedback training. In short, any frequency of training is better than none and we can work out an individual program to suit your lifestyle and budget.
How should I expect to feel between sessions?
Many clients feel the positive effects of Neurofeedback from their very first session, as the changes can be felt between sessions and before the full change has ‘settled in.’ Very often the change people experience with Neurofeedback is remarkably effortless and seamless. The challenge with this is to notice the changes that are happening. The process is so simple and easy that as changes occur, you may even be tempted to attribute these improvements to something else you are doing. When clients have been used to an effort/reward system of growth and healing, they often find it hard to accept that it really can be this easy. As clients transition to optimal brain functionality, it is often that they don’t remember accurately what it was like when they came in at the Initial Consultation. This is why after every session we track your progress, and every 10 sessions we measure your overall progress since your first session. This process of seamless change is why it is important to monitor any changes, no matter how subtle, in the areas in which you hope to see improvement occurring. But not all change is seamless, and some people may have feelings that are less comfortable, such as feeling more open, vulnerable, raw, reactive or tearful. Sometimes it is not that they feel more of these emotions, but instead are becoming more aware of their feelings. As you progress through your Brain Training Program, you may still be experiencing the same symptoms, but are they less frequent and of a lesser intensity. You may find you can cope better with the symptoms now, that your reactiveness level is lowered and you are less stressed and anxious even though the symptoms persist? Another effect is that some of the people in your environment (family members, workmates, friends) can be challenged by the changes in you, as you become clearer around your needs. There can be bodily shifts too. As your brain becomes more finely tuned, the negative effects of some of our bad habits become harder to ignore, like drinking too much or not getting enough sleep. Your tolerance for alcohol may reduce, so the same amount of alcohol will feel like more, so please adjust accordingly. This is relevant for all artificial stimulants – e.g. coffee, sugar etc.
How will I know if Neurofeedback can help me?
International Clinical Studies based on over three million hours of experience with the specific Neurofeedback systems that we use, we can make some predictions. Clinical studies have been conducted on the effectiveness of Neurofeedback across a large variety of presentations, so the good thing is you do not have to take it on faith and trust that it will help you — you will know pretty quickly when it is helping you. Your dedicated Neurofeedback Practitioner can talk you through these studies to put your mind at ease if you like. If you see any changes at all, even if it not yet what you are looking for, or even if it is something you don’t want or expect, it is always helpful and important to share with us because it tells us that your brain is responding to the information which the Neurofeedback is providing.
How do I access your services?
We are located at 307 Lord Street, Highgate, Western Australia, which is easily located whether you are coming from north or south on the freeway. Its just beside Mount Lawley, and if taking the train we are an 8 minute walk from the East Perth Train Station. Accessing our services is really simple and straightforward. Simply book in online, call us on 1300 501 843 or send us a message via the website form on any website page and we will contact you to organise an appointment for you. Remember, you are more than welcome to have a free phone consultation with one of our Accredited Neurofeedback Practitioners in advance of making your first appointment, so that you can make sure you are making the right decision for you. Any other questions? If you have any questions that we have not addressed above, please feel free to contact us for a free, no obligation consultation with one of our Accredited Neurofeedback Practitioners. Call us today. We can help.
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Neurofeedback Brain Training is a form of operant conditioning, so in every session you are building on the mental resilience and adaptability gained from the last session. Your brain is like a muscle, so you need to train your mental health similar to training your physical health. You do not need to wait for a few sessions to see if you will feel any different, you will be able to notice this from your first session and to see if this is a modality that you can benefit from. The only thing we need from you is your commitment. Otherwise, it’s quite a passive and relaxing experience.
The first step is to get in contact with us and book in for your Complimentary Assessment. The team at Brain Training Australia recognise the unique qualities of all our clients and work closely with you so that you can achieve your goals of optimal mental processing. As you work through a Brain Training Program with us, we use tracking tools to monitor your progress. The average client requires 10-15 sessions and regular sessions are essential.
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