We've finally started making headway on ways to help Jaylee at school. They've finally narrowed down her learning disabilities. She has Auditory Processing Disorder and Visual Processing Disorder. Both are brain dysfunctions, most likely due to the brain damage she received the first few years of her life. We're still learning about them... but basically APD means she can't process what she's hearing correctly.. and AVP means her actual site is fine, but her brain doesn't SEE what her eyes do... therefore, not processing it. It's starting to make a lot of sense why she has an aversion to reading, math, reading stories aloud with me, etc.
One interesting sidenote, they said with AVP you generally rely on one side of your brain and when you try to access the other side your brain goes all wiggy. We've noticed it with math, especially following left to right. If a math problem is horizontal Jaylee doesn't struggle AS much... but you put the same math problem in front of her vertically and she has a complete meltdown. They said that the combination of VPD and APD creates a really rough environment for learning in school.... generally the children check out because their brain is over-stimluated, working overtime trying just to make sense of what they are hearing AND seeing. Which means she exhibits signs of ADHD. Interesting, eh? They don't think she has ADHD afterall, but that once she can hone in on coping strategies in the classroom a lot of her behavior issues will decrease. Interesting.
I guess there are a lot of disorders/layers within VPD and APD, but at least know they know what they are dealing with we can start to make modifications in the classroom or get her specific therapy to help her along. Do any of you know anything about either of these disorders?