In a national campaign to honor May as “Better Hearing and Speech Month”, Suburban Speech Center is offering free speech and language screenings to children to promote public awareness of communication disorders. Communication skills are essential to the learning process and also play a very important role in a child’s social, academic and emotional development.
 
In recognition of this month, Suburban Speech Center has invited Lois Heymann to present a workshop on listening challenges and auditory processing.  Lois Heymann is a world renowned specialist in Auditory Processing Disorders and is the Director of the Auditory Processing Center in Manhattan.
 
Lois Heymann, M.A., CCC-SLP is known for her work with entertainer Rosie O’Donnell’s son Blake, who has an auditory processing disorder. O’Donnell was so enthusiastic about the results with her son; she encouraged Lois to write a book – which she did – titled The Sound of Hope: Recognizing, Coping With and Treating Your Child’s Auditory Processing Disorder.

According to Heymann, Auditory Processing Disorder (APD), is often characterized by a confusing ability to hear well but not listen well, a limited vocabulary, and frustration in communication. This chronically under diagnosed problem affects an estimated 1.5 million children in the United States. For children with undiagnosed APD, words are jumbled and distorted, they have a hard time following directions, and become frustrated in trying to make themselves understood.  This can lead to poor school performance, behavioral problems, and low self-esteem.
 
The speech-language pathologists at Suburban Speech Center specialize in treating children with Auditory Processing Disorders. Suburban Speech Center, located in Short Hills, is a private facility that has received statewide and national recognition for its outstanding services. If you have any questions about auditory processing or speech and language disorders, contact Dr. Nancy Polow, Director, at 973-921-1400.