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www.waihekemarketplace.co.nz 8 WAIHEKE MARKETPLACE, AUGUST 7, 2013 NEWS 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 Thurs 15 Aug, Wed 11 Sept, Thurs 10 Oct, Wed 13 Nov. Venue: The Parenting Place, 300 Great South Rd, Greenlane. Please register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 524 7074 Come and learn more about APD FREE PRESENTATIONS Advertisement Mark, loving school again Twelve 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 dif cult 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 dif culties 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 dif culty understanding spoken information unless it is brief and simple, or have dif culty 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 con dence, nd school work challenging and spend most of his time in a dream world. Today, Greg is a bright and chatty youngster who s brimming with con dence and nding 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. Dr Anne Toth -- Audiologist | Emma Russell -- Audiologist | Chloe Cheung -- Speech-Language Therapist Jenny Coutts -- Education Adviser | Dr Bill Keith -- Director For more information, a brochure, or to attend a free presentation please contact SoundSkills at email@example.com 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 Alby Mitchell 027 4384687 MITCHELL EARTHMOVING LTD PO Box 662, Oneroa, Waiheke Island Tel. 09 372 9808 firstname.lastname@example.org w ww.mitchellearthmoving.co.nz 3 REASONS WHY: 1. We maintain the quoted price (quotes free) 2. You'll get a detailed plan of action 3. 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But this savings detective has set about moving the family rapidly towards what his wife has dubbed liv- ing like a terrorist , a reference to liv- ing a life of privation in the name of a driving cause rather than in the literal sense. And his results have been impress- ive. They also seem to show that a per- son needs to be on constant watch not to get ripped off and over-sold. He started on the big monthly bills. As a sports fan the Sky subscription was a must, but he discovered the dis- count he should have been getting for also having a Vodafone account wasn t being taken from his monthly bill. Cre- dit $20 and a drop in ongoing pay- ments. Also $5 off a month was achieved by finally badgering Sky into stopping sending its SKY Sport The Magazine. It turned out his Vodafone plan was a bit obsolete and he changed to one with fewer minutes and texts but more data. Then he cancelled the landline and a couple of Best Mates deals. This all saved $55 a month. Then he signed up for Powershop and started actively watching power use and buying deals and bulk pack- ages. Fingers crossed, there could be another $50 saving per month. Another heater was purchased which dramatically lowered the bill as the family now has two heaters running low rat- her than one running hot. When it came to a car, they leased instead of buying and downsized under a new lease deal from a brand new ute to a smaller car with a few klicks on the clock, sav- ing $100 per month. Coffee extravagance was brought into check by exploiting a stroke of good fortune -- the gift of a Nespresso machine. Gone, the expensive week of morning coffees times two, replaced with 10 coffee pods for $10. Shocking to think of it, but that s a saving of $6 a day, or $30 a week, or $1560 a year. Even if you had purchased the machine ($380), after six weeks you would be saving! Add all of this up and there s esti- mated savings of well over $300 a month. Now the couple I speak of are not really living like terrorists and, to be honest, their lifestyles haven t really altered all that much, though there are more home-cooked meals and some scaled-back spending on cosmetics, hair product, drinking and the like. Mainly shoes, I believe. But they are no less happy for it. Actually, faced with changing circum- stances there s a lot of comfort that comes from exerting such control. They actually combined all this with selling some stuff they didn t need which has brought in a couple of grand courtesy of Trade Me auctions, and turning out the drawers revealed a few vouchers which have now been spent. Apparently, all this savings detec- tion has from time to time got a bit boring but I feel inclined to see it as an example of how living smarter can mean living cheaper without leaving the people doing it feeling deprived. Rob Stock is a senior journalist in the Fairfax Business Bureau and money edi- tor of the Sunday Star-Times. Contact him at email@example.com. Eco fashion on catwalk Design time: Eco fashion designer Bea Lorimer is in the early stages of putting together garments for the NZ Eco Fashion Exposed event next month. Photo: DIANA WORTHY By DIANA WORTHY Designer Bea Lorimer is getting busy for a cutting-edge event that definitely will not be rubbish. The Ostend resident is busy making stylish clothes from thrown away fabrics for New Zea- land s first Eco Fashion Exposed show next month. The event at The Notre Dame des Missions Arts Centre in Lower Hutt will feature garments from 14 designers modelled on the cat- walk. The clothes will be made from materials that are ecologically sustainable and/or upcycled and reflect a global trend towards environmentally friendly fashion. One of its most well-known expon- ents is fashion designer Stella McCartney. The event on September 21 and 22 includes workshops, a pop-up shop, a children s eco fashion run- way and an exhibition of environ- mentally friendly goods as well as the main fashion show. Canadian-born Ms Lorimer, who sells her eco-garments at Upcycle in Oneroa, has some gar- ments in mind for the show but will be designing some new pieces. I don t do a collection as such. I will be creating a few separates and a new dress. I m looking for lighter weight summery stuff. I m really excited about this opportunity to show and connect with other people that are doing the same thing. She says the event has already been done in Vancouver, Berlin and Hong Kong but is a first for New Zealand. Co-founder Denise Anglesey says it will be a must-do for fashionistas. Eco is in and New Zealanders are ready for it, she says.
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