We just got back from Colorado and kiddo DOES have Auditory Processing Disorder.
Poor baby. She is correctly hearing MAYBE 50% of what we say. It's no wonder everything has been such a struggle.
Anyway, this clinic has a filter that they produce themselves. It looks likes a musicians ear piece, but has a small white piece in it that is the actual filter.
(description stolen from someone else)
1. It filters out high-frequency tones from the one ear that it is in. This helps with background noise.
2. But the big magic is that it slows down the input into one ear, balancing the input signal in time between both ears. One of the major causes for CAPD can be that one ear is hearing before the other, so by the time the signal from both ears meets in the brain, they are off in time by a microsecond. The ear filter corrects for this.
**When she did a portion of the testing without the filter, she could only identify 56/100 words correctly. With the filter in her right ear, she had the same score - 56/100. However, when they put the filter in her left ear, she was able to correctly identify 92/100!
So, Riv was a candidate for the filter and we should receive it in 3 weeks. She will wear the filter in her left ear.
The audiologist said that after she gets the ear filter, we should see progress in quite a few areas. When talking to her about our struggle with the alphabet and sounds, she said, "Of course she can't remember the sounds or names. Up until now, she's probably only heard the correct sound or name every 3rd or 4th time. That makes it hard."
I'm not expecting immediate and perfect improvement, but this is definitely a huge piece of the puzzle.