Spatial Processing Disorder (SPD) – a hearing problem that makes it difficult for some to understand what people say when there is background noise – affects around 18,000 Australian children.
The classroom is such an environment where this condition may have a profound impact on children with the hearing disorder.
Researchers at the National Acoustic Laboratories (NAL) have a solution to the problem, with the first known treatment for the condition in the form of a computer game, LiSn & Learn.
Minister for human services senator Kim Carr spoke at the NAL in Sydney yesterday (September 27) and said that the new treatment is helping to improve learning outcomes.
"Every single child improved in initial trials of LiSN & Learn so that they were right back on par with their peers," Mr Carr said.
Cameron Youell was diagnosed with the condition in 2010 and was asked to play the LiSN & Learn computer game for five days a week over three months.
Cameron can now hear just as well as peers, with the eight-year-old's school work now improved.
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