Hi, I’m Shelley Francis…
…and for more than 25 years I specialized in the diagnosis and treatment of auditory processing disorder as an audiologist in private practice in New York.
Now I know what you are probably thinking, auditory processing, isn’t that where people have difficulty understanding what they hear. And maybe your even saying to yourself, my child hears fine, or my child has a receptive language problem, ADHD, or autism, not an auditory processing problem. Maybe you have wondered whether or not your child does have an auditory processing problem but you have been told their hearing is fine, or perhaps you have been told they are too young to be tested.
I know how confusing it is with so much mixed information out there. And the bottom line is, all you really care about is helping your child.
You see, I understand the impact that having an auditory processing problem can have on a child’s life. My brother grew up with an undiagnosed auditory processing problem that wasn’t diagnosed till he was 29 years old. At that point in his life he was suffering from severe depression and anxiety. I have seen first hand how a smart, creative, sensitive child can shut down do to repeated failure and from not feeling understood.
It was his challenges and my mothers frustrations with not understanding her son’s behaviors, that motivated me to learn as much about auditory processing as I could, and then to relay that information to parents in away that made sense to them.
So, for over 25 years, I specialized in the diagnosis and treatment of auditory processing disorder, working one on one with children and consulting with parents. And what I have found is that when you understand how a child may be perceiving and organizing what they hear differently from what we have come to know and expect, then their challenges and their behaviors begin to make so much sense.
And then, once we understand this, we are able to release the fears and the uncertainty of wondering what we should do and whether or not our child is going to be ok, then and only then can we truly begin to help them.
You see, I have a philosophy and that is, your child is not broken and they do not need to be fixed, however, that does not mean they don’t need our help, it’s just that the help they are needing just looks a little different than it has in the past.
This is something I talk about in my book No Child Left Unwrapped, understanding honoring the gifts every child is born with.
Auditory Processing Unwrapped is a program wher you will discover how your child’s unique way of processing the world, sets the stage for not only their challenges, but also their gifts.
We will take a close look at how auditory processing develops, which auditory processing skills develop first, and how these specific skills impact such things as speech development, language development, learning, reading, attention, and social emotional development.
For example, did you know that the first auditory processing skill to develop is auditory decoding, and that it actually begins developing before birth.
Did you know that auditory processing delays can affect language development without affecting speech development?
And did you know that auditory decoding problems can lead to reading challenges later? What if I told you there were things you can do with your child at home that can help his or her auditory development. Really, it’s never to early to begin helping your child improve their listening skills.
In this 4 module program you will recieve:
1) What is Auditory Processing?
2) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD),(CAPD), or (APW)?
3) Possible Red Flags
4) The Evaluation
Have you or someone y0u care about been diagnosed with ADD, ADHD, APD, SPD, autism, language learning delay, dyslexia, or some other behavioral label?
Are you confused by a particular label or have questions about what it really means?
Labels are often confusing especially since they often overlap. Which is why I like to see everyone as unique by understanding that each of us has our own individual Sensory Code, and it is this code that plays a major role in how we behave and perceive the world around us.
Understanding this allows us to honor the path each of us are on, and release judgement bringing us peace of mind.