Shine a Light on Kids Who Struggle with Reading & Learning May 11th

May 11, 2022 at Elisabetta's Ristorante in Palm Beach

By Press Release April 28, 2022

Bright Minds Processing, Inc. is hosting an event at Elisabetta’s Ristorante in West Palm Beach on May 11, 2022, from 6:30-8:30 pm to help raise awareness about Visual and Auditory Processing Disorders (VPD and APD). 

You are invited to mingle, sip cocktails, and munch on delicious appetizers provided by Elisabetta’s while learning more about the importance of VPD and APD diagnosis and the benefits of therapy. Also, hear success stories from adults and parents of children who have overcome VPD and APD. Speakers include Lori Baron, Vision Therapist, Susan Mann, parent and founder of Bright Minds Processing, and Todd Herbst, Co-Founder of Big Time Restaurant Group (Big Time Restaurant Group operates twelve locations including City Oyster and Sushi Bar, Big City Tavern, City Cellar Wine Bar & Grill, Rocco’s Tacos and Tequila Bar, Grease Burger Bar, and Louie Bossi’s Ristorante, Bar and Pizzeria). Tickets can be purchased at the door for $100. 

Lori Baron, Vision Therapist, estimates that two in five children have some form of visual or auditory problems which cause them to struggle with reading and learning “These kids fall through the cracks in our school system because they are misdiagnosed or undiagnosed.  They begin to fall behind by third grade and oftentimes have to repeat a grade.  Most teachers and parents have no idea why these kids can’t read or comprehend.” 

One reason that these disorders are often misdiagnosed is because traditional visual and auditory test results do not show any deficiencies. Dr. Leah Light, the renowned audiologist and neurodevelopmental specialist of the Brain Child Institute, explains the discrepancy, “We see and hear with our brain, not our eyes and ears. They are just the messengers,” therefore diagnosis and therapies specifically addressing APD and VPD are so important, and the results can be lifechanging.  Todd Herbst, Co-Founder of Big Time Restaurant Group was diagnosed with a form of VPD and says “Convergence insufficiency is one of the most undiagnosed and misunderstood vision impairments. Only through relentless eye examinations over a period of a year was I properly diagnosed with it. Through continued vision therapy, I was able to improve my vision considerably. The treatment changed my life.” 

As part of its mission, Bright Minds Processing aims to make diagnosis and therapy affordable and available to every child affected by these disorders.  Raising awareness and funding will help us reach one family at a time.

About Bright Minds Processing, Inc., a Non-Profit 501(c)(3) Organization

Bright Minds Processing, Inc. was founded in order to raise awareness about Visual and Auditory Processing Disorders (VPD and APD). Bright Minds Processing is comprised of a group of doctors, audiologists, ophthalmologists, psychologists, councilors, therapists, teachers, and parents who are passionate about raising awareness toward this "hidden" learning disability. The cost of therapy is astronomical because APD and VPD are not considered learning disabilities, therefore, medical insurance will not cover any therapy. Until Schools recognize VPD and APD as learning disabilities, only ADD, ADHD or Autism will receive available interventions and resources. Our mission is to educate parents and educators about children with VPD and APD and to lobby schools to implement solutions. Our collaboration of professionals will empower parents and families so that they can work with us to implement our VPD and APD programs into schools. Bright Minds Processing wants Palm Beach County to be the first county in the nation to recognize Processing Disorders as one of the leading learning disabilities in schools and to make changes, one child at a time.  Learn more about Bright Minds Processing at