"Auditory Processing" issue and Dr. Ross-Swain?
Our ten year old son may have auditory processing issues. His teacher is recommending an assessment because he has trouble understanding verbal instructions and word recall, among other things. For instance, I told him this morning that I put something in his backpack. He called me from school saying he forgot it and I told him that I told him I put it in his backpack. I don't know if he isn't listening or if there is a developmental or biological issue. He doesn't "get" certain concepts at first and it will take some additional exposure for him to understand it. Even then, he may not be understanding larger concepts. I see these issues with him and frankly, I have had the same issues.
His teacher says that the assessment will give us some indication of what the issue is. If he does have an issue, he would be provided accommodations (i.e. provided new material prior to it being introduced in class so that he has additional time to comprehend it.) But we are also worried that there will be some negative consequences (i.e. schools may discriminate, it will make him feel insecure, etc.)
What was your experience with your child with getting an assessment and accommodations? Also, do you have recommendations for professionals who do assessments? Dr. Deborah Ross-Swain of the Swain Institute was recommended. Does anyone have any thoughts about her.