The Biology of Auditory Processing and Short-Term Memory Issues

By Dianne Craft, MA, CNHP (Certified Natural Health Professional)


• “My son has an auditory processing problem. He had a lot of ear infections and bronchitis when he was younger. Is there a connection?”

• “My daughter has been diagnosed with a short-term memory problem. What can I do about this at home?”

The Most Common Processing Problem

As I cross the country, speaking at homeschool conventions, many moms come to my booth asking these questions. Of all the Four Learning Gates that can be blocked, making learning more difficult for a child or teenager, a blocked Auditory Gate presents the most challenges. It affects not only learning but also life in general.

The last Struggling Homeschooler column was titled “What Can I Do About Auditory Processing Problems?” In that article, we explored the symptoms of an auditory processing problem and the two methods that I have used in my teaching career and in my consultation practice to aid children and teenagers with this blocked learning gate: (1) bypassing the blocked learning gate, and (2) correcting the blocked learning gate. In this article we will discuss nutritional approaches that aid kids, teenagers, and adults who have auditory processing problems.

Common Physical Conditions in Auditory Processing Problems

When searching for “corrections” for an auditory processing and memory issue, I have found targeted nutritional interventions to be extremely helpful.   (more…)