Spatial Processing Disorder is a type of auditory processing disorder. It is the inability to make use of the direction that sound is coming from.
In a noisy environment where sound is coming from multiple directions – such as in a classroom – a child with Spatial Processing Disorder will struggle to distinguish or understand a voice that is right in front of them. That’s because their brain has trouble filtering out non-essential sounds.
A child with Spatial Processing Disorder may have difficulty paying attention and following directions. They may ask for repetition a lot or simply miss things in conversation. This makes learning a challenge.
Because Spatial Processing Disorder symptoms can also overlap with other disorders, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), getting a correct diagnosis from an audiologist is necessary.
If your child is diagnosed with Spatial Processing Disorder, there is something you can do about it.
Working with a wealth of clinical research and expertise, we've developed Sound Storm – an innovative application designed to remediate cases of Spatial Processing Disorder in school-aged children.
Sound Storm wraps the science of a clinical remediation algorithm around a fun and compelling game – one that combines multiple reward mechanics with a rich and captivating narrative.
While progressing through the game, children who present with Spatial Processing Disorder are challenged to use spatial and binaural cues (the inter-aural timing and intensity differences which cue where sounds are coming from) to listen to target speech while filtering out distracting background noise.
The player follows the exciting adventures of Suno, a young brave lion, on an epic quest to save the galaxy from the destructive and chaotic Sound Storm.
As Suno progresses through the game, various rewards, powers and worlds are unlocked.
Suno’s challenge is to save the galaxy by rescuing the wise princess, Nala, who has been imprisoned by a malevolent foe. Using her magical powers, she projects her voice to Suno, guiding him through his journey to rescue her.
The wicked Drokon, in his mission to take over the galaxy, has cruelly imprisoned the wise princess, Nala, and unleashed the powerful and destructive Sound Storm.
Filled with numerous rich characters and unique environments, each element was hand crafted and rendered, to create a fully realised and vibrant galaxy.
Each world comes to life with an immersive narrative designed to engage the child and encourage continuous participation
The game also features a multilayered reward system designed to encourage kids to keep playing. Instant feedback, daily unlockables and daily and weekly rewards are combined to help unlock new worlds and progress the story.
Game play is automatically translated into a detailed clinical graph, designed specifically to be used by Audiologists, in order to track remedial progress accurately.
“The Sound Storm app was really useful and effective and we hope it helps many more children. Big thanks to the Sound Storm team and all involved for developing it.”
“…she was falling behind in class, inattentive, and struggling to integrate. I was so relieved to learn about Sound Storm, that there was a simple cure we could start straight away.”
Studies have shown that 100% of SPD affected children that complete the remediation program are cured of the disorder.
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