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What is Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)?

Date: October 8, 2014 Author: Michele Dickson Categories: Speech and Language Development 0

The boy whispering in an ear to the younger brother.

I cant believe it is already October.  Summer went by so quickly and now getting back into the swing of things.  I haven’t blogged in awhile and would like to talk about a disorder that affects more children and even adults then we know.  Its called Auditory Processing Disorder (APD).

APD is a disorder that affects the way the brain processes auditory information.  I always refer to APD as the game telephone you played as a kid.  Where one person would start the message and by the time you were at the end of the line the message was lost.  Many children who have APD have poor listening skills, difficulty carrying multi-step directives, developing vocabulary and more time needed to process information.  Kids can be misdiagnosed with ADD or ADHD.  An audiologist can determine if your child has APD and will recommend strategies to help your child at home or in classroom.


APD1. A child with APD hears inconsistently. Make sure you have your child repeat directions you gave them (i.e, go upstairs and get your book and shoes).

2. Always establish eye contact when speaking to your child.  This way you have your child’s attention.

3. Try to speak slower to your child so your child can process information.  Sometimes as adults we speak quicker and its hard for a child to process at that speed.

4.  Keep a routine.  Children do very well when they know what is expected of them.

5. If child is having a difficult time understanding a particular subject in school use visuals.  You can find anything on the internet.  I have used pictures of matter during a science lesson.

6. Remember give children with APD individual attention.  It will be easier to help your child when its 1 on 1 attention which may be difficult if you have more then 1 child but finish HW with other children then sit down with your child.

A great program that has worked very well for many children is called Hear Builder Auditory Memory from Super Duper Publications.  They offer a professional and parent edition.

Im glad to be blogging again!! If you have any requests for any subjects please let me know.

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