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“This book needs to go out to everybody…absolutely everybody! It is HUGE!”

--Lisa Rinna, Hollywood Personality and TV Actress

 

“Listen Up! This remarkable story is for every person with a child waiting to be awakened to language and communication.”

--Don Campbell, Author of The Mozart Effect for Children

 

 "Awakening Ashley" is a remarkable, beautiful story written with insight and intelligence. Sharon lets parents know they an go through the ear when treating a child with Autism."

 --Michael Palmer, MD 15 time New York Times Bestselling Author of The Last Surgeon

Click here to listen to messages from Sharon about about Autism and  her daughter Ashley's recovery.

 

 

We have a Lollipop Listening Therapy Support Group Facebook Page for all clients so be sure to go there and get great advice and chat with parents already doing Lollipop. I will be on there answering questions as well. It's great for you to hear all the wonderful exciting improvements coming straight from parents.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Children Can Hear, But They Don't Always "LISTEN". Does Your Child Have Signs of a Listening Problem?

What is a listening?

 

Definition: "Listening" is an active process and involves the brain to interpret sound. It is a specialized form of "hearing" which is a passive process and just involves the ear taking in sound. How we listen begins in-utero.

 

 

We cannot “see” listening. The only way to “get at it” is indirectly – through skills that are related to it in one way or another.

 

This checklist offers a catalog of abilities, skills or qualities that will enable you to assess whether you or your child has a listening problem.

 

Developmental History

 

This knowledge is extremely important in early identification and prevention of listening problems. It also sheds light on the possible causes.
a stressful pregnancy.
difficult birth.
adoption.
early separation from the mother.
delay in motor development.
recurring ear infections

 

Receptive Listening

 

This is the listening that is directed outward. It keeps us attuned to the world around us, to what’s going on at home, at work or in the classroom.
short attention span.
distractibility.
oversensitivity to sounds.
misinterpretation of questions.
confusion of similar sounding words.
frequent need of repetition.
inability to follow sequential instructions

 

Motor Skills

 

The ear of the body, which controls balance, co-ordination and body image, also needs close attention.
poor posture.
fidgety behavior.
clumsy, uncoordinated movement.
poor sense of rhythm.
messy handwriting.
hard time with organization, structure

The Level of Energy

 

The ear acts as a dynamo, providing us with the energy we need to survive and lead fulfilling lives. 
difficulty getting up.
tiredness at the end of the day.
habit of procrastinating.
hyperactivity.
tendency toward depression.
feeling overburdened with everyday tasks

 

Expressive Listening

 

This is listening that is directed within. We use it to control our voice when we speak and sing.
flat and monotonous voice.
hesitant speech. weak vocabulary.
poor sentence structure.
overuse of stereotyped expressions.
inability to sing in tune.
confusion or reversal of letters.
poor reading comprehension.
poor reading aloud.
poor spelling

 

Behavioral and Social Adjustment

 

A listening difficulty is often related to these:
low tolerance or frustration.
poor self-confidence.
poor self-image.
shyness.
difficulty making friends.


Listening Checklist adapted from Appendix B, When Listening Comes Alive, Paul Madaule, Norval , Ontario , Moulin Publishing, 1993, pp 191-192.

 

Lollipop Notes
If your child has any of these characteristics of a poor listener, they are not living up to their full potential. Remember, it's not that these children can't "hear", most have normal hearing as noted by a hearing test. It's that they can't "listen" effectively. Listening is a specialized form of hearing that involves the brain! Lollipop Listening Therapy® can make your child a better listener.

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