APD: What You’re Seeing in Your Grade-Schooler

Signs of auditory processing disorder (APD) can easily sneak by in preschool. They may become more noticeable in elementary school. This is when students have to follow more instructions and recognize slight differences in how words sound. Here are some signs of APD in grade-schoolers.

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The 4 Subtypes of Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)

There are 4 subtypes of Auditory Processing Disorder, depending upon where along the way to the brain the "signals" get distorted or lost: "Tolerance/Fading Memory" subtype "Decoding" subtype "Integration" subtypes "Prosodic" subtype (often seen with NLD or non-verbal learning disability) The following checklist is courtesy of Judith W. Paton, M.A. Audiologist and Bonnie G. Rattner, Ed.

What are the Signs of Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)?

A person with Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) will experience some or all of the following signs. •    Needs to (or should) ask many extra questions to clarify a task before starting; "doesn't get the picture." •    Has trouble paying attention to and remembering information presented ORALLY; a person with APD copes better and remembers VISUALLY acquired information. •    Appears to have

What is Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)?

Auditory Processing Disorder (APD or CAPD) affects the way my brain processes auditory information. I do not process the information I hear in the same way as others do, which leads to difficulties in me recognizing and interpreting sounds, especially the sounds composing speech. In layman's terms, what does that mean?I hear perfectly (no hearing loss whatsoever in either ear) and my bra

With Auditory Processing Disorder, Do You Understand Music, Songs and Vocals Clearly?

Noooo, I do not. As mentioned in the list of signs of Auditory Processing Disorder (APD), it's hard to find appreciation in song vocals.  To date, I don't think I have ever understood one song from beginning to end in real time. I need to look up the lyrics or I am lost. I have three problems with song vocals: 1 – I simply cannot understand or distinguish some of the words correctly. Once I fa

With Auditory Processing Disorder, did you ever learn a foreign language?

Yes and no. I took Spanish for 4 years in high school. I was a whiz at memorizing words and sentence creation. On written tests, I could read each question and respond correctly. However, when it came to responding to a question the teacher verbally asked me, I was unsure of what I heard and how to respond. I ended up with a B grade on average. In college, I took 2 years of Japanese. At the tim

With Auditory Processing Disorder, Do You Understand TV Shows and Movies Clearly?

No. I don't. Here's my problem. With Auditory Processing Disorder, I find it very difficult to focus on both the on screen action while simultaneously processing everything each character is saying. Plus, there are implications and inferences from what each just character said that I need to process in real-time too. Then, I must process the inferences and implications from on screen images &am

APD and Playing A Musical Instrument

Hi Jeff, My son has been diagnosed with APD and at his school it's compulsory to learn the violin. He is only just passing the subject and doesn't find enjoyment in it at all. I was wondering if you have ever played and instrument and whether you struggled with it. Do you think learning an instrument is either beneficial or detrimental to his schooling? (I'm concerned that his struggles effect hi

With Auditory Processing Disorder, what were your SAT scores?

Auditory Processing Disorder even back then (1988-1989 when I was in high school) was considered a learning disability, so I was able to take the SAT's UNTIMED. That meant I could take as much time as needed (within reason) to complete my SAT's. It's important to know that if your child has a learning disability, you can request taking the SAT untimed. It can make an enormous difference in both

With Auditory Processing Disorder, did you ever learn to lip read?

Yes, I was naturally lip reading at a very young age. It was discovered by accident as I was getting language therapy help for my Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) at Jawanio (in New York). Dr. Bollard was reading instructions from her clip board and slowly lifted it up, placing it in front of her mouth. As soon as she did, I stopped understanding what she was saying. When she lowered the clip b

Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) 3 Part Video Series - Watch It.

In this 3 part video series, learn what Auditory Processing Disorder is, how early intervention can influence your child's development and the treatments for APD that are available. You'll see real-life examples of how Auditory Processing Disorder affects parents and children. I found it very enlightening and encouraging.This episode of "A Place of Our Own" provides a lot of valuable information a

Getting Past APD - Job Interviewing, Social Skills & Self-Esteem

Ellen writes... Hi Jeff, I came across your page looking for advice and help in regards to my son. I am looking for help for him. First I just wanted to tell you that he is wonderful young man. However, I am so worried about him and his future. He is entering is senior year in college next month. Although he struggle in the early grades at school he has done well with a grade point average of 3.4

What is Auditory Processing? 6 Part Video Presentation on APD

In this 6 part video series, Angela Loucks, Au.D. (a licensed Doctor of Audiology with a specialty interest in Auditory Processing Disorder), explains what Auditory Processing Disorder is, the 4 categories of APD, how to test for and diagnose APD, APD tips based on age, therapy strategies, Q&A, and gives tips to increase comprehension and decrease frustration at home.You'll have to turn your s