When those biological areas are addressed, the ability to hear, remember, and
process auditory information can be vastly improved.
5. Inefficient Connections (between
the left and right hemisphere). For various reasons, the connections between
the auditory and visual hemispheres are
not as strong as they should be. Midline
therapy (outlined in last month’s article)
helps a great deal to restore integrity to
these important connections.
Some Common Interventions
1. Natural Anti-Fungal Supplements.
Parents frequently find that by replacing
the good “flora” three times a day and
using a natural anti-fungal supplement,
their child seems more “connected” auditorily. Parents find that they do not have
to repeat instructions as much, since the
child seems to remember sounds of phonemes better.
2. Dairy-Free Trial. If your child
seems to do better with the first step, but
still has some auditory issues, then a six-week, dairy-free trial is often a good next
step to take.
3. Enzymes. If your child does better
during the dairy-free trial, then it may be
beneficial to add particular enzymes that
are designed to help the child’s body’s
ability to utilize the offending dairy products, after a while.
4. Essential Fatty Acids. For a child
with speech delay, gaze aversion, ear
infections at a young age, or auditory
processing problems, a daily dose of flavored cod liver oil is beneficial.
5. Lecithin. This “mother of all fats”
actually converts to the neurotransmitter, acetylcholine, which is called the
“auditory memory neurotransmitter.”
MIT studies have found this supplement to be extremely helpful for balance, speech, and auditory processing
6. Midline Brain Therapy. This type
of therapy, which is designed to increase
communication between left and right
brain hemispheres, is often beneficial and
easy to do at home.
For more detailed information about
these interventions, click here for the Bi-
ology of Auditory Processing and Mem-
ory Issues “Handout.”
As we work with children and teen-
agers struggling with an auditory pro-
cessing problem, we now have one
more “tool” in our toolbox of strategies:
targeted nutritional interventions. As
you read more about these solutions, or
work with a local nutritionist or natu-
ropathic doctor, you will find that you
can have a huge impact on your child’s
ability to process information audito-
rily. It is an exciting concept, and so
simple to do.
Questions? Email Dianne short questions at:
Dianne Craft has a master’s degree in
learning disabilities. She speaks widely
at homeschool conventions across the
country. Her books, Brain Integration
Therapy Manual, Right Brain Phonics
Program, and her DVDs,
Understanding & Helping the Struggling Learner,
Teaching the Right Brain Child, Smart
Kids—Who Hate to Write, and The Biology of Behavior have helped hundreds
of families remove learning blocks in their
struggling children at home. Visit her
www.diannecraft.org, for many
articles on children and learning and to
download her free Daily Lesson Plans for
the Struggling Reader and Writer.
1. William Crook, M.D., Help for the Hyperactive
Child; Leo Galland, M.D., Superimmunity for
Kids; Natasha Campbell-McBride, Gut and Psychology Syndrome; Dianne Craft, MA, CNHP,
“The Biology of Behavior” article and CD set.
2. Dr. William Crook, “Food Allergy: The Great
Masquerader,” Pediatric Clinics of North America, February 1975.
3. For more symptoms of dairy allergy, read “
Hidden Allergies and Learning” article, by Dianne
Craft, which is posted on her website.
4. Dr. Lendon Smith, Feed Your Body Right.
5. Always check with your health professional before starting any vitamin or exercise program.
6. Questions? Email Dianne at
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