and Responses for Like Sound Through Water
THE BRAIN CONNECTION (www.brainconnection.com)
Karen Foli's book has the cadence and the eminent
readability of a best-selling novel
The power in Foli's work does
not rest only with the details of her storyalthough those are gripping
on their own. She is also able to make some strong statements about the
power of standardized tests, and how these tests can result in potentially
At the end of her book, Foli provides a basic checklist to determine whether
a child may have APD, but she cautions that this is a very heterogeneous
disorder with a constellation of different symptoms. In the end, what
worked for Ben was not any one treatment but rather incorporation of many
different types of therapies. This multi-faceted approach takes time,
money and the patience of a loving household. Treating, even diagnosing,
the child with Auditory Processing Disorder is a long and difficult journey,
but Karen Foli's book provides a welcome and informative oasis along the
Review by Gargi Talukder
ROBYN'S NEST - THE PARENTING NETWORK (www.robynsnest.com)
"Superbly written for both parents and professionals; the book
is extremely readable with all technical terms and programs explained
in very clear detail...
As a speech/language pathologist, at times I admit I felt embarrassed
with the way this mom was treated by people in my own field. I found myself
nodding along with certain passages that described Dr. Foli's queries
regarding testing, diagnosis, treatment, expanded programming to home
and school going without either answers or, in some cases, going without
even acknowledgment. This book was written from an 'analytic heart;' Dr.
Foli's emotions stayed well balanced with her ability to continually incorporate
her intellectual self in finding answers for her son. I would very highly
recommend this book to parents, educators, support services and administrators
in school systems. This would also be an excellent choice for required
reading at the graduate level in any field that deals with diagnosing,
treatment plans, and educating parents and fellow professionals about
auditory processing disorders."
-Review by MaryAlice Stone, SLP-CCCP
What an incredible book! In it, Karen Foli describes
her painful five-year Journey Through Auditory Processing Disorder
with her small son Ben. She gives the reader a window into the family's
daily life and her own perspective on events
Foli does not gush,
but her restrained style only emphasizes the love and support the author
and her husband clearly have for young Ben.
Parents of children with any kind of learning difficulty or other special
needs, will be able to relate to the experiences of this author and to
empathize with her feelings. Those who are fortunate enough to have avoided
such problems with their kids can still share and appreciate the journey
that the author took, one which tested her again and again.
Review by Hilary Williamson
Foli's LIKE SOUND THROUGH WATER is a
mother's account of her family's struggle with APD in her oldest son,
Ben. Her account reads like a novel and is thoroughly engaging while providing
a wealth of information. Foli clearly shows the pain misdiagnosis and
clinical inaccuracies can cause. This is mostly a success story with an
upbeat ending. The resource section in the back is a bonus.
Review by KellyJo Houtz Griffin, Eatonville, WA
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MY PARENTIME (www.myparentime.com)
My ParenTime highly recommends Like
Sound Through Waterthe authors words speak to the
reader like a close friend. It'll bring you on an emotional, personal
and triumphant journey of a mother's struggle to find answers about her
son. You'll understand how powerful a mother's love and devotion is, and
you'll also learn a great deal about auditory processing disorder.
Review by My ParenTime
Foli tells a loving story, but the first half
of it, about events before her son, Ben, was diagnosed with auditory processing
disorder (APD), is full of frustration. Although a nurse with a Ph.D.
in communication, she didn't suspect what the problem was, for neither
she nor her psychiatrist husband, John, had heard of APD. Foli concludes
the practical, heartwarming book with the observation that each APD child
is different and must be treated as an individual.
Reviewed by William Beatty
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Comments from Parents and Professionals:
Thank you for the hope. Your story has meant
the world to me.
A parent in Wisconsin
Thank you so much for the wonderful book you wrote. I am a speech-language
pathologist who works with young children, many with or suspected auditory
processing disorders. For the first time, I feel that I have read a book
that was right on the mark when it describes a child's struggles and successes
to over come their auditory processing difficulties. Also, I am thankful
for how you described your feelings and struggles as a mother who would
never give up on her son.
For years I sat on the other side of the Collective Mom wondering
just what the family is feeling and thinking. You gave such a great explanation
about your familys feelings as well as the other families who provided
their story as a case study. I believe this book was a wealth of knowledge
for me as a professional, because while reading your book I was seeing
the struggle and unending love from the Collective Mom side. Thank you
Practicing Speech-Language Pathologist
My mom, my daughters constant helper and unofficial shadow
teacher at school, is half-way through your book and she keeps breaking
into tearssomeone understands! We have something to hand to my childs
teachers and share with her therapists! We have new ideas to pursue. And
we have hope.
A single parent of a child with APD
I am an adult student and graduate clinician in a master's program
for SLP's. I just wanted to thank you for writing your book. It has provoked
so much sadness and anger in me on your family's and especially your son's
behalf. It is a very educational book -- both technically and in terms
of the emotional struggles you describe. Because I think it is so important
for students and professionals to see an account written from a parent's
point of view, and because I think you tell your story so well, I plan
on recommending the book to everyone in the department. I believe your
book is going to be an important contribution to my field - it presents
important lessons about sensitivity, competence, and professionalism.
A student studying speech-language pathology
With your book you have somehow made my familys journey valid.
You are a lighthouse in my ocean.
Mother in Alaska with a 6-year-old boy
I wanted to thank you for sharing your story. I am a teacher of
the deaf and hard of hearing and have on my case load two students with
APD and possibly two more by next year. I have gathered many resources
regarding APD but have not found something that describes the variety
of issues involved in having a child with APD and even working with a
student with APD. I am planning on sharing your book with many professionals
Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. I also thought that my son would
eventually outgrow his Cookie Monster talk
. I began to do research
and cannot tell you how much your book has meant to me. Without it, I
would not have had the information to realize that my son also suffers
slightly from APD. Thank you for being the Collective, Tiger Mom. I am
one, too, and only hope that I can do the title justice.
A member of the Collective Mom