Edit ModuleShow Tags

Auditory Processing Disorder

Symptoms of and treatments for kids with APD



(page 1 of 2)

“Huh?” “What?” If your child can’t seem to follow oral instructions, struggles with reading and spelling, and frequently has difficulty understanding what people say to him, it’s possible that auditory processing disorder (APD) is the culprit.

Click here for "When Words Get in the Way," the full original Old Schoolhouse Magazine interview with Lindsey Simpson, plus more input from speech language pathologist Shelley Yada.

Though people with APD have fully functional ears, they experience a disconnect between the ears and the brain, where hearing actually takes place, and they have trouble distinguishing and isolating sound and sound patterns. Incoming words are confusing; they sound garbled and often are misunderstood. This can lead to a host of issues ranging from roadblocks in decoding phonics to attention and behavioral problems that stem from an inability to follow along in class.

Lindsey Simpson knows the challenges APD brings firsthand. The coauthor of Same Journey, Different Paths: Stories of Auditory Processing Disorder struggled in school until the 7th grade, when a tutor recognized several telling APD symptoms and she was diagnosed with the disorder, along with a reading disability.   

APD symptoms

APD specialist/speech language pathologist Shelley Yada, MA, CCC-SLP, details the five most common APD symptoms.

  1. The child has difficulty understanding/following directions and often needs instructions repeated.
  2. He is easily overwhelmed, especially in noisy environments.
  3. He learns better when information is presented visually.
  4. His expressive language is disorganized — for example, he may tell stories out of order.
  5. He has difficulty understanding sarcasm.

Because these symptoms can point to many conditions, APD is often mistaken for everything from ADHD to hearing loss. The challenge in pinpointing APD is compounded by the fact that proper diagnosis can occur only after age 7. 

“In order to separate true auditory processing from language, attention or sensory integration, the audiologist uses a variety of very specific tasks,” Yada explains. “Children under 7 simply have not developed the cognitive skills needed in order to understand what they are being asked to do during the evaluation. 

After her APD diagnosis, Simpson says, “I remember feeling on top of the world. It was a relief that there was a reason for my struggles and that it wasn’t my ‘fault’ for having such a hard time in school. After that, I started getting accommodations and things became much easier on me.”

Next page: ways to accommodate APD

Edit ModuleShow Tags

Related Content

Find the best private school for your child

At-a-glance indexes enable parents to view pertinent regional school facts and compare schools by locations and type of education. These lists refer to In-Depth School Profiles for participating schools which include details on tuition, enrollment and upcoming open house dates.

Down Syndrome Myths and Facts

Clearing up the myths surrounding Down syndrome.

Skin Cancer Prevention – All Year Long

Keep your skin protected all year round. Helpful ways to prevent melanoma.

Add your comment:
Edit ModuleEdit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags

Edit ModuleShow Tags


MK Memo

MK Memo: Moms Know
Preview: Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia

Preview: Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia

The Museum of the American Revolution opens April 19.

Comments

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Opens at the Plymouth Meeting Mall

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Opens at the Plymouth Meeting Mall

LEGOLAND Discovery Center opens at the Plymouth Meeting Mall on April 6.

Comments

How to Talk to Children about Disabilities

How to Talk to Children about Disabilities

Encourage inclusion and acceptance by teaching your child to understand differences

Comments

Game Review: Moms Confess

Game Review: Moms Confess

Gather some friends during your kid's sports practice or for an moms' night out and play this fun game that reveals your parenting successes and challenges

Comments

5 Tips to Help Kids Spot Fake News

5 Tips to Help Kids Spot Fake News

Teach your kids how to distinguish facts from opinions

Comments

Edit ModuleShow Tags


MomSpeak

The voices of local moms
To Do List Tweak: Add Action

To Do List Tweak: Add Action

Have you ever followed up on one of your to-do list items, only to find out later that you either did the wrong thing, or you didn’t do all the things you meant to do for that item?

Comments


MomSpeak

The voices of local moms
Colorful Pumpkin Seeds

Colorful Pumpkin Seeds

Turn pumpkin seeds into colorful kids' crafting materials.

Comments


MomSpeak

The voices of local moms
The Power of Yet

The Power of Yet

Utilize a growth mindset to tackle challenges big and small.

Comments

{/if}