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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.
APD Video Series - LearnFast Education
Clinical Director, Devon Barnes, explains auditory processing disorder in this video series.
Stress, Anxiety & Anger. It's Not ADD. Can It Be APD?
Hello -- My sons are 11 and 13. My older has always struggled in school and now my younger is showing signs of great stress and anxiety in middle school. My older son was taking an Executive Function class taught by a prominent psychologist about 18 months ago. She noticed his great difficulty following along and suggested to me he may have APD. He had recently been given an IEP at school for ADD,
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 his
Speech Issues and Explanations: Do I Have APD?
Hi, I'm wondering if I have APD. I'm 19 and I'm a French major. When I was younger I always wondered if I had a disorder; I could never get people to understand what I meant when explaining something aloud. I can also read French pretty good. But I can't speak a word of it. I don't want to fail any of my French classes and not get my degree. I also have a twin sister who might have it. I can tell
I Have Found It Hard To Process Words Lately. Could It Be APD?
Hi Jeff, I am not sure but I think I may have APD. I have had a hearing test by an audiologist and my hearing is perfect but she suggested I may have a few problems with processing as I told her sometimes I have trouble processing words. It's quite ironic because I'm an audio medical typist and lately I have found it hard to process words so I would have to slow the speed down on a dictation to wo
Daughter May Have APD - Who & Where To Get Diagnosis?
Hi Jeff My daughter Anne is 17 and will be a senior next year. She was diagnosed with ADD in middle school but I've always wondered if she has more of a processing issue. Processing information even has an effect her soccer because she has a hard time processing what the coach is telling her, especially when she is out on the field. Until reading about your story, I had never heard of APD. Anne ha
Nephew / Student Has APD - Help With Phonics, Blending, Phonetics
Allison writes... Hi, Thank you for this great site. I appreciate the comprehensive information and the humor with which you approach a very serious and far-reaching issue in your life. I would appreciate any information you had on a case near to me. My nephew is 11 and was diagnosed with APD in second grade. During the battery of tests he was given, his intelligence is "superior" and luckily he h
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.
APD, SAT's and The College Board (Extended Time)
Roy writes... Hey Jeff... Just searching the web about APD and taking the SAT as my daughter is at that age. She was diagnosed in elementary school and went through testing and had a IEP in place etc. Although since elementary school she has been attending a private school without public school ieps etc. We recently applied to the college board for extended time due to APD and was denied and they
APD Symptoms: Racing Thoughts, Pressure of Speech and Flight of Ideas?
Thomas writes…"I was diagnosed with APD around 8 years old. I've done exceptionally well in school though. I guess my question is, I've read Wikipedia articles about "Racing Thoughts", "Pressure of speech", and "Flight of Ideas" and they were linked to APD. Two out of the three is linked also with mania or hypomania. Are there any links, as I often had thoughts go through my head like Daytona 500.
Having APD, what were your best and worst subjects in school? Your grades?
Best Subjects: Math & Science. Why? The numbers, formulas, equations, properties of elements, etc. were right in front of me to SEE and work with. Worst Subjects: English (specifically poetry & interpretive readings) and Foreign Languages (once it got past word memorization and moved to speaking & responding). In addition to not understanding what was said, I interpreted words too lite