Neuro developmental therapy. And a fantastic pair of headphones.
Our new doctor told us to get ourselves to see this particular woman to have 'reflexes' and auditory processing stuff checked out. Today was our appointment, and boy, was she thorough.
Bright Eyes sat through 45 minutes of auditory and visual processing testing, and then did another 45 minutes of 'copy me', 'sit like this', 'walk like that', 'follow this with your eyes' type of testing.
"Basically, he's got problems in every area except his dominance," she told me. "Has he done brain gym?"
"Yes," I replied, wondering.
"Well, it worked," she said. Oh, hooray. Something we've done has worked!
After the tests, she showed me all the results. I understood what she said while she said it, but don't really have the vocabulary to convey it to my dear blog readers. My amateur summation goes like this:
He is a very quick visual processor, although he does have problems with eye tracking and convergence.
He is a VERY SLOW auditory processor and gets overloaded very quickly.
He tends to compensate for the slow auditory processing time with his quick visual processing, as well as with his high IQ, which is why he appears to be in the middle of his class at school, but he could be doing a lot better.
And what does this all mean practically? He's going to do sound therapy and various exercises for the next six months to help switch on the slower processing parts of the brain.
Of course, my question, as always was: "Will this work?"
"If you don't see really big changes in six months, I'll give you all your money back," she said. "In 15 years, I've never had anyone take me up on that offer."
Considering we paid out not an insubstantial amount of money this afternoon, for apparatus which included a fairly terrific pair of high quality headphones, I'm happy enough with that.
I did have to clarify something however, so I asked another silly question, which was:
"Um, what exactly are you?"
She laughed. "I'm a neuro developmental therapist."
Good. I'm glad we got that cleared up.