Lacey has been on a constant progessive movement
ever since we began Sara's Diet, so it's actually pretty tough for me to say what
did what, you know? However, there are some major things that I noticed and I
do attribute directly to the EASe cd.
When we attended the Option Institute
in May their staff noticed that there was some sort of a delay in Lacey's ability
to respond to requests. We guessed that she was experiencing a lag between what
her hearing received and the time it took for her brain to process what that sound
was. I thinkthere were even times when this appeared to be as long as 30 seconds.
Now the reason I had wanted the EASe was because Lacey had what I called
"selective hearing" - she would tune out all other sounds. Funny, now
I've got a teenaged boy who is beginning to do the same thing <grin>.
Another thing that we noticed is that Lacey was speaking, but she was only
saying half the words - "cla" for clock, "ti" for tick. So
when I got home at the end of May, I got pretty serious about implementing the
EASe cd program on a regular basis.
I started playing the EASe cd on
speakers attached to the ceiling that were mounted porportionately spaced to Lacey's
crib. I turned it on at naptime and also at bedtime (it would take her at least
30 minutes to fall asleep, so I figured that is a confined area and she would
be forced to listen to it <grin>. Never did I see it interfer with her ability
Pretty soon (I'd say after about 3 weeks), I was able to tell
that a vast improvement in her response time had occurred. I have a little song
I sing and at this point in time what I would do is to stop in the middle and
continue until Lacey would touch my lips first. Previously I had not recognized
it to be a lag in her auditory processing response time (I thought it was taking
her some time to think about whether or not she really wanted to hear more of
my singing <grin>).
Once I recognized that was what it was, I was
able to measure the improvements. Pretty soon it got to where she would touch
my lips as soon as I had quit singing.
By the way, during this little
game we play, she is sitting astride on my lap, being held close to my body and
she cannot see me singing. This is how I know that the auditory processing response
time improved and during this particular time period the only thing that we changed
was implementing the EAse.
I was so pleased with the results that I decided
to investigate AIT as well and met a therapist who needed some logo design work,
so we bartered. This therapist told me that she always has a tough time with 3-year-olds
and that usually the mothers force them to the ground and pin back their hands
to make them keep the headphones on (don't know if she was actually exaggerating
or not, but I did get the idea that most of the younger kids do not cooperate
or sit quietly, so I prepared myself for what I thought would be a traumatic event....)
What I did was take my highchair and the night before we started the AIT
sessions, my husband and I built what we call a "fingerboard". It is
a piece of wood that is cut to fit the highchair's table and it has all sorts
of wild stuff that has been stapled and glued to it. The idea was to get her to
feel a lot of different textures to feel and to play with.
her into the highchair, placed the fingerboard in front of her to play with, and
held our breaths after we put the headphones on. Lacey did not fuss or cry or
even whimper. She was happily examining the
fingerboard and every once in
a while I noticed she would look off to the side as if listening intently.
I think that acclimating her to the type of sounds she would be hearing was
beneficial to us (and recently wrote a post to this effect.)
In our case,
although the EASe cd seemed to be doing the trick, I'm in a hurry and the AIT
was free, so this worked well for me.
It's a funny thing, actually, but
when I first received the disk I remember my bloodpressure sort of rising with
each "zzzzttt" that I heard. It was so annoying! After playing the cd
for awhile, though, I noticed that I began to lose the ability to distinguish
those sounds. Why is that? Did I need auditory therapy as well?
B. Clayton, a geneticist specializing in autism, diagnosed my husband with auditory
dyslexia and claims that one out of every two parents has this problem (in 90%
of all cases). Now, when I say he diagnosed this, I mean that he assumed it was
Carroll that had the slight tendency towards ADD and the auditory dyslexia, simply
because he had spent five minutes speaking to me and had determined that I was
experiencing these problems. I do not mean that he ran any sort of tests because
he did not. He claims he does not need to - he's been watching the same couples
walk through his door for over 30 years. Interesting, eh?
So my next
science project is my husband, although there isn't anything discernable going
on with his hearing. Dr. Clayton says that if auditory dyslexia is not diagnosed
in childhood, what basically happens is that as adults they've already learned
to compensate. Rock and roll was mentioned as having had a theraputic effect ...
My plan is to administer the EASe on my husband and see what happens. One
thing that I have noticed, since Lacey's crib is in our bedroom and my husband
frequently goes in to lay on the bed to keep her company before she falls asleep
... Carroll seems to be enjoying books. I used to claim he hated to read and amazing
as this sounds, the only thing that was changed was having played the EASe cd
in our bedroom each and everynight for the past four months. Is this possible,