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www.times.co.nz Howick and Pakuranga Times, Thursday, March 27, 2014 --- 9 Howick: Cnr Picton & Walter MacDonald Sts | Ph. 533 7493 Manurewa: 88 Great South Rd | Ph. 267 2530 email@example.com | www.resthavenfunerals.co.nz A MEMBER OF THE FUNERAL DIRECTORS ASSOCIATION OF NEW ZEALAND Compassionate and dedicated, our staff are here to help. Talk to us today about our FDANZ approved pre-paid & pre-planned funeral options. 122963 451 Ti Rakau Drive, The Hub Botany Downs. Ph 273 8088. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Monday-Saturday 9am-5.30pm, Sunday 10am-5pm. BEDPOST BOTANY AT THE HUB 124765 Some children can hear, but have trouble understanding what they hear. Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) can adversely affect learning, reading, social development and behaviour. www.soundskills.co.nz Is your child having problems understanding at school? This could be an Auditory Processing Disorder SoundSkills specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of APD Presentation: 7.30pm -- 9.00pm Wed 16 April, Wed 7 May, Wed 4 June, Wed 2 July, Wed 6 Aug, Wed 3 Sept, Thurs 16 Oct, Thurs 6 Nov, Wed 3 Dec. Ve nue: The Parenting Place, 300 Great South Rd, Greenlane. Please register by emailing email@example.com or phone 524 7074 Come and learn more about APD FREE PRESENTAT IONS Dr Anne Toth -- Audiologist | Emma Russell -- Audiologist | Chloe Cheung -- Speech-Language Therapist Jenny Coutts -- Education Adviser | Dr Bill Keith -- Director Advertisement Mark, loving school again Tw elve year old Mark passed ordinary hearing tests but he struggled at school and his mother was convinced he wasn’t hearing properly. An assessment at SoundSkills found that Mark had amblyaudia, a condition in which the two ears don’t work properly together to hear in diffcult situations. Fortunately amblyaudia can be corrected by training to strengthen the weak ear. After four weeks of therapy Mark’s mother reported that Mark was loving school, putting his hand up and participating in class. His reading and maths were already improving, he had stopped saying “What?” all the time, and was no longer exhausted at the end of the school day. “Mark is shining” she said. 1 in 20 children may have an Auditory Processing Disorder Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) is an under-recognised hearing problem that underlies learning diffculties in thousands of New Zealand children. APD is not detected by standard hearing tests, but it can be diagnosed by audiologists using special tests, and it can be treated. A clinic for children with APD, SoundSkills, has been established at The Parenting Place. SoundSkills’ expert team of audiologists, speech-language therapist and education adviser specialise in diagnosing and treating APD. APD often shows up as a learning problem because children with APD miss hearing vital information. The problem lies in the hearing pathways and centres in the brain. Children with APD can have diffculty understanding spoken information unless it is brief and simple, or have diffculty hearing if there is other background sound. APD can affect spelling, reading, learning, language, social development and behaviour. Fortunately APD can be effectively treated. Greg, much better in class now Greg used to lack confdence, fnd school work challenging and spend most of his time in a dream world. To day, Greg is a bright and chatty youngster who’s brimming with confdence and fnding it much easier to pay attention. Since being diagnosed with APD and using a special listening device, he’s made huge improvements and is doing much better in class. “It was good to know what was wrong and that something could be done about it,” says Greg’s mum. “It’s like a door has been opened to a whole new world for him.” Please note: Children’s names and details have been changed for privacy. For more information, a brochure, or to attend a free presentation please contact SoundSkills at firstname.lastname@example.org or (09) 524 7074 or visit www.soundskills.co.nz. Soundskills Clinic: The Parenting Place, 300 Great South Road, Greenlane. Important information for all parents 124779 CHANGING FORMAT: Keen to grow the audience for a series of daytime performances at Harlequin Musical Theatre in Howick are, from left, theatre president Susanne Dell, actress and dancer Rebecca Ceballos and organiser Diane Fagan. Times photo Chris Harrowell Attracting new faces By CHRIS HARROWELL HARLEQUIN Musical Theatre is retooling its long-running Songs For You concert pro- gramme to bring in new entertain- ers and hopefully attract a larger audience. The all-ages music showcases have been held monthly on Thurs- day afternoons for about 20 years. Organiser Diane Fagan says it’s time for a change. “The audience has been waning,” she told the Times. “We’ve previously targeted rest homes in the area, but it’s diff- cult for their staff to bring in large groups. “So we decided to change the format and target different groups. “By holding it on a weekend we also believe we will get some more performers.” Now entitled Songs on Sunday, the regular concerts will be staged on the last Sunday of each month at the theatre in Pakuranga Road. The frst show in the revamped series runs from 1.30-3.30pm this Sunday. It costs just $5 to attend each Songs on Sunday performance, which includes afternoon tea. Mrs Fagan is on the lookout for up-and-coming and established performers keen to get involved. “We get a wide variety of people, from opera to pop singers, dancers and different kinds of musicians,” she says. “We like to get young people performing, so we can give them some experience and help them gain confdence. It’s lovely to see the younger ones grow. They can be any age, but they need to have a reasonable skill level. “Older performers also like to come along. We had an elderly gen- tleman play the piano accordion for us, but he’s got arthritis in his hands and can’t do it anymore.” Mrs Fagan says most Songs on Sunday concerts feature at least fve different acts over two hours. “They might sing or play an instrument twice in each half,” she says. “In between I tell the audience stories and get it doing a singalong. “It’s a very relaxed show and not too formal.” Harlequin Musical Theatre president Susanne Dell says: “We decided we don’t want to use these concerts to help us fundraise. “Our goal is to promote aware- ness of the theatre and provide a service to the community. “We’ve had an excellent stand- ard of performers over the years. “We hope to continue that and get a bigger audience.” Performers keen to take part in the Songs on Sunday concerts at Harlequin Musical Theatre, 563 Pakuranga Road, can phone Diane Fagan on 570-7088. Tickets to the frst concert, held from 1.30-3.30pm on March 30, cost $5. To book, phone 576-7311.
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