A Redondo Beach tutoring center is offering help for kids that have been diagnosed with auditory processing disorder.

Children with auditory processing will often struggle in a classroom setting, especially in the areas of reading, comprehension and language skills. These children are unable to process the information they hear in the same way as others because something adversely affects the way their brain recognizes and interprets sounds, most notably the sounds composing speech.

“Auditory processing disorder affects about 5% of school-age children,” says Karina Richland, owner of PRIDE Learning Center in Redondo Beach. “Reading and comprehension are very difficult for children diagnosed with auditory processing and these children end up struggling so much in school because of it.”

PRIDE Learning Center teaches children with auditory processing disorder how to read write and comprehend using a multisensory method called the Orton-Gillingham approach. It is an intensive one-on-one reading program that stresses teaching the entire structure of written English through a systemized teaching of letters and their corresponding sounds.

“The Orton-Gillingham approach is highly successful for kids struggling with auditory processing because it is so structured, repetitious and multisensory,” says Richland. “ Our kids use all of their senses when they learn and are therefore better able to store and retrieve the information. A child, for example might see the letter B, say its name and sound, and write it in the air all at the same time.”

All of the reading specialists at PRIDE Learning Center are credentialed teachers with strong special education backgrounds and are Orton-Gillingham Certified.

PRIDE Learning Center is located at 1603 Aviation Blvd., Suite G in Redondo Beach, CA. For more information contact Christine McLarty at 310-322-2800 or visit the website at www.pridelearningcenter.com